Closing the Vocabulary Gap – Pre-Teaching Vocabulary

Last week at the ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ twilight presented by Rebecca Castelo (Speech and Language) and Kirstine Mullin (Glenurquhart Primary School), it was great to see the Building Vocabulary for Better Literacy PowerPoint in action.Picture4

In our previous post on Pre-Teaching Vocabulary we shared how the Pip St. John resource can be used to support the development of Oral Language skills, in turn contributing to the narrowing of the vocabulary gap.


Kirstine shared how she has used the materials to support the teaching of vocabulary around emotional literacy in her P5/6 class, much of the vocabulary first seen as abstract by the learners. Through the development of Pre-Teaching Vocabulary in her classroom, the understanding of language and expressive language skills of her learners have developed. This is one great example of how the materials can be used to support the development of Oral Language.

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Due to high demand the Inverness training was at full capacity. The twilight will run again in Dingwall on Thursday 21st April 2016. This can be applied for through the CPD Calendar.

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