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Building Academic Vocabulary - 12 August 2020 is a Course

Building Academic Vocabulary - 12 August 2020


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Date and Time

Wednesday 12 August 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm              


This learning event is right for you if you are a secondary school teacher interested in deepening your understanding and use of academic vocabulary in your students


Students are required now, more than ever, to have a specific vocabulary to target the requirements of each subject. This one-day workshop will give you practical advice on how to explicitly teach academic language in your classroom. It will allow you and your students to move beyond buzzwords and jargon and into focused and relevant language that can be employed across all subject areas.

‘The technical language of schooling is actually different from ordinary speech.’
– Professor Joe Lo Bianco

‘All teachers have a responsibility to explicitly teach the academic vocabulary required in their classes as part of their learning and teaching program.’
– Victorian Curriculum F – 10, VCAA


Key Takeaways                

·         a plan for building subject-based and more widely used academic vocabulary

·         techniques for creating a rich language classroom

·         ideas of how to support students in developing a language-learning independence.


Presenter Information  

Will Hanley

Will Hanley is currently Advisor, Innovation Practice – Curriculum at Independent Schools Victoria. Prior to his current role, he taught English and Drama, holding various leadership positions, including Head of Department and Head of House. He has a passion for assisting young people to strive and thrive in multiple endeavours, challenging students to create and collaborate in order to comment on and positively contribute to the society in which they live. 


Deb Carmichael

Deb Carmichael has taught mathematics for over 25 years across all secondary year levels and in a variety of contexts. She has held Head of Department roles and Senior Executive roles. Deb is now a Senior Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria, working in The Development Centre. This allows her to use her experience, ideas, current research and passion for mathematics teaching to engage and work with fellow educators.