It’s more than just about words: Vocabulary Development Strategies for Multilingual Students

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:November 02, 2021
Time:3:30 pm to 5:00 pm MDT
$20.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LL-068
Focus: English Language Learners Instructional Strategies Literacy

Target Audience

Teachers: K-12, Support Staff

Also Recommended For

Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

Each of us has four vocabularies:  Words we understand when we hear them, words we can read, words we use in our speech, and words we use in our writing.  We can also look at vocabulary as single words and phrases, or chunks of words.  These two perspectives reveal that vocabulary in any language is a complex issue.

But how do we determine which sets of vocabulary to focus on when supporting language development for multilingual students? 

This interactive session will highlight instructional strategies in the area of vocabulary development for multilingual students by uncovering some of the myths around second language vocabulary and looking at the research behind effective practices that support vocabulary development. 

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community
  • #6: Providing Instructional Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Stephanie Dodyk is a Language Consultant with over 15 years experience in teaching and resource roles.  After completing a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature, Stephanie later went on to finish a Master of Education specializing in Teaching English as an Additional Language. In her work, Stephanie continually reflects on her journey of identity development and language learning while growing up as a second-generation Canadian and how it relates to students who are now adding English and Canada to their linguistic and cultural repertoires. She is passionate about the empowering impact language and story have on building community. Her practice focuses on embracing the rich stories students bring with them as they add English to their learning journey and empowering educational professionals to hear them.