Structures for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Crucial to every curriculum area!

Research and Rationale

Who, what, why, when, how much?

Seamless Implementation

Integrate vocabulary instruction

Oral Language-Based

Verbalisation leads to Internalisation

Keys to Vocabulary Acquisition

Engaging, practical, easy-to-implement strategies


Vocabulary development is a key focus area for schools, and rightly so. Reseach has concluded that any method or programme for teaching vocabulary should employ both direct and indirect teaching (intentional and unintentional), and ensure multiple exposures to new words across a range of contexts. Students should be actively engaged and involved in the work learning process with high levels of oral language use for all students. What that means is that many spelling programmes are simply not producing the desired results for many of our students, and especially ESOL students.

Luckily, this workshop is here to help with all of that! If you are looking to improve vocabulary development and increase oral language levels for all your students, these two days are not to be missed.

Workshop Outcomes

You will learn:

  • how to engage your students through fun, interactive, multi-modal vocabulary instruction
  • easy strategies to make vocabulary words unforgettable and ensure retention
  • how to structure team conversations to use and practice ‘age’ appropriate words
  • how to teach students to convey ideas precisely through word choice
  • how to develop word knowledge through reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  • a range of strategies for students to demonstrate an understanding of word meanings
  • about vocabulary acquistion, the rationale and explore some of the research

Give all your students the verbal advantage through effective vocabulary instruction.

Workshop Materials

You will receive:

  • Vocabulary – Making it Memorable
  • Effective Vocabulary course workbook
Promo Material

Pre-purchase these resources at a special price:

Class/Staff Culture Combo

Kagan Cooperative Learning


Upcoming Events

Auckland – National Library of NZ

3rd and 4th March 2017 9am-4pm

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30th June and 1st July 2017 9am-4pm

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1-20 participants $1500 plus

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21-50 participants $1500 plus

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51-99 participants $1600 plus

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  • These prices are for school-hosted workshops (school provides venue, catering, and covers trainer travel expenses where applicable)
  • All teachers are required to purchase the “Vocabulary – Making it Memorable” text valued at $53 (10% discount for school workshops = $47.70pp)
  • Teacher Aides attending training with their school are not required to purchase the “Vocabulary- Making it Memorable” text
  • All prices include the workshop workbook
  • Prices details: Base-fee plus the per person price, plus the Kagan text (where applicable – usually on the first day only)
  • Book more than one day for the year (ie Days 1 and 2) and receive 10% discount
  • All prices are exclusive of GST (NB  “Vocabulary- Making it Memorable” at $53 is GST inclusive – less 10% = $47.70)

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to Kagan - can I still do this workshop?

Yes you can, as it is a stand-alone workshop. We do use Kagan Structures from Cooperative Learning to deliver the workshop, but we also teach you wonderful new structures and strategies specifically for Effective Vocabulary Instruction.

We ensure you leave with everything you need to start engaging all your learners in higher levels of oral language and vocabulary instruction the next day.

Who should attend this workshop?

To be honest – every teacher! But particulary those that feel their students are hindered by their lack of vocabulary development and oral language capability. This workshop is suitable for primary to secondary teachers.

Do I have to do both days?

Yes, because the content straddles both days. We can’t possibly do justice to each area in a day, and to ensure you leave with the necessary skills,  we need the time to practice and process structures and strategies.

What other support do you offer?

We offer many other workshops, such as our foundational “Structures for Active Engagement” as well as a wide range of resources in most curriculum areas and many that are cross-curricula.

What about Kagan resources? What ones do we need?

We would advise everyone to buy the Kagan Coopertative Learning book (BKCL) if you don’t already have it in the school. This book is extremely comprehensive and is a fantastic resource. It includes FAQs, research, structures, social skills, resources, activities, classbuilding, teambuilding and lots more.

We would definitely recommend the following:

Any of the Balanced Literacy series; Cooperative Learning and Grammar; Cooperative Learning for Language Arts: and the Team Mats and Megatimer if you don’t have a visible timer.

How many teachers can you train at once?

We can train as many as required dependent on the size of the venue. The more the merrier is always our approach, as you then truly experience how effective Kagan is as a teaching strategy – same directions for any number.

And there is so much more knowledge and experience in the room!

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