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The Vocabulary Edge for English Learners: Building on Their Strengths

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The Vocabulary Edge for English Learners

Presented by Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, Author of Scholastic W.O.R.D., President and CEO of, Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Sponsored by Scholastic Digital Solutions

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How do we best support the vocabulary, comprehension, and knowledge-building of our English Learners? By building on their strengths! English Learners (ELs) typically have a great sense of language. They are more sensitive to language. They can listen for a language’s sounds and are tuned in to the fact that they might not have a word for a particular concept in English. Developing a solid foundation in core vocabulary, which represents the key ideas about the world which ELs already have, is fundamental to supporting ELs in accessing their existing knowledge. By following Dr. Hiebert’s research-based principles, ELs become equipped with both the context and fluency required to understand the majority of text that they read—allowing them to later learn more difficult and rarer words with greater ease.

In this edWebinar, learn:

  • The advantages of introducing core vocabulary as the foundation for success in English language learning and literacy
  • The importance of engaging ELs on the meaningfulness of language in early learning experiences
  • How morphological connections can rapidly expand students’ vocabularies
  • How to develop the background knowledge that underlies strong comprehension skills
  • Why the repetition of content and incorporating an intrinsically motivating feedback loop is especially critical for students who are learning English as an additional language

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK through elementary teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Freddy HiebertAbout the Presenter

Dr. Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert is a vocabulary acquisition expert, renowned researcher and author of Scholastic W.O.R.D. She has had a lifelong career as a literacy educator and has scanned and studied 10,000 children’s texts to discover the 2,500 morphological word families that students will encounter 90% of the time. She is the president and CEO of and is a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a fellow of the American Research Association and was awarded a William S. Gray Citation of Merit by the International Reading Association for outstanding contributions to the field of reading.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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