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We're At The Education Show Exploring Vocabulary Pedagogy

Posted on 10-Jan-2019 12:05:19

We have some exciting news here at Bedrock HQ... We are going to be presenting a talk at this year's Education Show at the Excel in London. The Education Show is all about bringing the classroom to life, which is why we're so excited to be a part of this year's event!  

You'll find us...

Where: In the Pedagogy in Practice Theatre
Date: 25th January
Time: 11.50-12.20 

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Topics: Vocabulary, News

Mind the Word Gap - Infographic

Posted on 08-Sep-2018 15:34:30

Since 2003, when the term "word gap" was first coined by Betty Hart and Todd Risley, teachers, academics and others have explored its existence and impact in primary and secondary education.

In this helpful infographic, we've pulled together some of the key findings from the likes of Oxford University Press, the Education Policy Institute, and our own digital vocabulary curriculum.

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Topics: Vocabulary, Word Gap, Infographics

Build Your First Class Display, The Vocabulary Way

Posted on 25-Jul-2018 10:04:33

Ah, the summer holidays - a time for teachers to relax and reflect on another successful year of teaching. But if you’re an eager (and perhaps a slightly nervous) NQT, you’d be forgiven for wanting to use this time to prepare for the beginning of your teaching adventure. Well, being organised is always going to make the process smoother (as long as you still make room for rest and leisure), so let’s talk about one of the more fun, creative parts of your summer checklist: the classroom display!

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Topics: Vocabulary, tier 2 vocabulary, Academic vocabulary, NQT, Display

Vocabulary's Coming Home!

Posted on 06-Jul-2018 11:26:55

It’s coming home - but what does it mean?

Now I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in my living room to catch the mid-match half-time chit-chat as part of my weekly World Cup fix (can you tell I’m not a big football fan?), I often find myself at a complete loss as to what it is they’re actually talking about. Harry Kane spent that first half keeping ‘deep’, that premeditated foul should have been ‘carded’, free kick this, offside that... and can someone please tell me what on Earth a 'lob' is?

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Topics: Vocabulary, National Events, tier 2 vocabulary, Vocabulary Curriculum, Academic vocabulary, curriculum, Word Gap, world cup

5 Strategies you need to know if you're teaching tier two words

Posted on 17-Apr-2018 15:48:45
Editor's notes: After Helen's previous two blogs on 19th century texts and Macbeth proved so popular, I'm very excited to introduce Helen Sharpe's latest advice around effective vocabulary teaching. This time, she is sharing her list of 'five strategies for teaching tier words'. Remember to follow Helen on Twitter @hdsharpe and to check out her personal blog here. And if you'd like to have your own vocabulary work published on our website, make sure to contact us to become one of our Bedrock guest bloggers!
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Topics: Vocabulary, tier 2 vocabulary, Academic vocabulary

5 Formative assessment strategies for English teachers

Posted on 31-Jul-2017 17:14:26
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Topics: Vocabulary

Why you should be thinking about the language of exams

Posted on 01-Jun-2017 09:47:08

Much has changed in education of late, not least for the English departments around the U.K. Last week however, a nation of teachers felt a familiar old feeling: the sense of eager anticipation we all feel, that question on everyone's lips… what were the questions like?! The general consensus around our neck of the woods was an enthusiastic ‘not too bad.’ What did your students think?

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Topics: Vocabulary

5 Things you need to know about teaching vocabulary

Posted on 17-Jan-2017 14:52:07

If helping your students expand their vocabulary is quite far down your list of classroom priorities, then read this...

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Topics: Vocabulary

How to teach vocabulary: translanguaging & semantic maps

Posted on 16-Nov-2016 11:24:13

If you are teaching English in a bilingual or multilingual classroom, how to teach vocabulary is probably one of your biggest conundrums. Whilst it may not be your primary focus each lesson, you will no doubt be aware that every lesson, students will be learning new language incidentally. So it’s worth getting students in to good learning habits. With a few relatively simple steps, you can create an environment that ensures retention of language is long term, understanding is nuanced and students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing their own vocabulary.

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Topics: Vocabulary

8 Key questions to ask to see how well do you teach vocabulary

Posted on 19-Oct-2016 10:33:59

Firstly, why does it matter? Surely students just pick up new vocab as they move through life? Well, yes, to a certain extent that is true. But think about two students. One who reads extensively, who lives in a language rich household and whose parents or carers talk to them on a regular basis. Now take a second child. This child doesn’t enjoy reading and avoids it at all costs. They don’t live in a household where they are immersed in new language all the time; maybe they don’t live in a household where English is the first language. Consider the disparity between child one and child two. What is your school doing to bridge that language gap? Your response might be ‘we encourage reading through excellent, engaging schemes, we ensure all students benefit from outstanding teaching and learning practices, we model excellent spoken English at all times…’ but how are you tracking the effects of this on their language acquisition? Are you certain that you are narrowing the gap?

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Topics: Reading, Vocabulary