Vocabulary Enrichment Programme



Enhance the understanding and use of vocabulary in secondary school students and young adults.

Specifically designed for older children and young adults with language and communication needs, this practical language Programme was created by a specialist speech & language therapist with input from secondary school teachers and students. It focuses on enhancing the understanding and expression of vocabulary and word meanings in students aged from 8 to 18, and aims to:

  • Create an awareness of how improved vocabulary knowledge can be used to enhance learning in school and social interactions in school and home environments.
  • Encourage an awareness and interest in words and language, introduce the concept of words and meanings and identify their role and use in language, communication and social interaction.
  • Introduce the word map and explore the rich networks of information attached to each word, including the meanings and make up of words using root and base words, suffixes and prefixes, synonyms and antonyms, and the etymology (origins) of words.
  • Focus on themes taken from the National Curriculum, including living and non living organisms, planet Earth and the world, the human body, emotions, healthy living, and occupations.
  • Enhance the understanding and use of figurative and idiomatic language as well as more compound and complex sentence structures.
  • Introduce a range of cueing techniques to aid in word retrieval.
  • Provide effective strategies for word learning to encourage independent word learning skills.
  • Teach an effective, efficient and realistic use of the dictionary as a tool for word learning and explore the role of the thesaurus in enhancing oral and written work.

About the Author:

Dr Victoria Joffe is a specialist speech and language therapist and senior lecturer in developmental speech, language and communication impairments in the Department of Language and Communication Science at City University, London. Victoria runs various workshops for PCT’s, LEA’s and schools on child speech disorder, evidence based practice in speech and language therapy and collaborative practice in education and provides training for therapists and teaching staff on working with children and young adults with speech, language and communication needs in education. Victoria is currently involved in a large scale intervention project funded by the Nuffield Foundation on enhancing language and communication in secondary school children with language impairments on which this programme is based (see ELCISS website for more details)

[CODE: SM-7987, 280 Pages]

[Published: Sep 2011]

[Author: Dr Victoria Joffe; Age Suitability: 8 to 18]

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Weight 0.45359237 kg