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Vocabulary Processes and Reading Comprehension: A Dynamic Assemblage of Concepts

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Vocabulary Processes and Reading Comprehension: A Dynamic Assemblage of Concepts

Presented by Shane Templeton, Ph.D., Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno
Moderated by Beth Lawrence, MA, CCC-SLP, CEO, InferCabulary Inc.

Sponsored by InferCabulary

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Conceptual knowledge and development are fluid, flexible, and dynamic. This recorded edWebinar demonstrates how teachers may nurture and develop vocabulary knowledge and growth in the context of developing comprehension. The presentation addresses:

  • How teachers can realistically apply the most effective research-driven practices for teaching word-specific and generative vocabulary
  • How students’ developing-vocabulary knowledge interphases with ongoing comprehension and understanding during the actual process of reading

Word-specific learning focuses on concepts that are critical to understanding a topic or reading selection. Generative learning focuses on an understanding of morphological processes that generate most of the words in the English language. Extensive research over the last two decades has provided important insight into the nature and course of learning both word-specific and generative vocabulary, and this edWebinar provides “best practice” examples of instruction for primary, intermediate, and middle school. We address how this instruction, which includes the significant role of background knowledge, supports and interacts with comprehension across disciplinary areas.

Resources are provided that offer supportive and robust content and instructional “how-tos.” This recorded presentation will be of keen interest to teachers, those who work with teachers, and those who are responsible for making decisions about instructional resources for schools and districts. 


Dr. Shane TempletonAbout the Presenter

Dr. Shane Templeton, co-author of Words Their Way, is Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a former classroom teacher at the primary and secondary levels. His research has focused primarily on developmental word knowledge in elementary, middle, and high school students, and he has been published in both research and professional journals.

In addition to Words Their Way, Dr. Templeton has authored or co-authored a number of books on the teaching of literacy and word study, including Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach (2nd edition); Words Their Way: Vocabulary for Middle and Secondary Students (2nd edition); and Orthographic Knowledge and the Foundations of Literacy. A speaker and consultant nationally and internationally, Dr. Templeton has served on the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary and is co-author of elementary literacy and phonics/spelling/vocabulary curricula for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson Education, and Savvas Learning Company.


Beth LawrenceAbout the Moderator

With 27 years of experience as a pediatric speech-language pathologist focusing on literacy, Beth Lawrence co-founded an educational technology company to provide innovative, engaging, digital solutions for literacy and learning problems present in every K-12 classroom in the U.S. Deena Seifert and she are authors of the Test of Semantic Reasoning. They present nationally about the importance of semantic reasoning and their two unique approaches to teaching vocabulary using visuals and critical thinking: InferCabulary and WordQuations.


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InferCabularyInferCabulary is a web-based, K12 tool developed by language and literacy experts, that engages students in a broad spectrum of literacy skills, including exposure to complex text (audio and visual), word recognition, vocabulary, and inferential comprehension. Because InferCabulary is game-based, requiring active engagement and critical thinking, research has shown it to be far more effective—and fast—at deeply teaching word meanings than traditional instruction methods—and students enjoy the challenge.



Tuesday, August 3, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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