Pre-Teaching Vocabulary

How do you teach new vocabulary to learners? 


The Building Vocabulary for Better Literacy PowerPoint within the Literacy Toolkit, suggests that in order to store new words effectively we need knowledge about three key areas:

  1. Word Knowledge (semantics)
  2. Phonological Awareness
  3. Kinaesthetic/ Visual Representation

The Pip St.John – Pre-Teaching Vocabulary resource provides free teaching materials which can be used when teaching learners new vocabulary.

Check it out by clicking the image at the top of this post.

Click the links below to access the Pip St.John – Pre-Teaching Vocabulary posters:
PTV – Step 1 – How we learn new words wheel
PTV – Step 2 – How we learn new words wheel
PTV – Step 3 – How we learn new words wheel

CLICK HERE for a planning template for Pre-Teaching Vocabulary

Click the links below for Step 3 cards which can be downloaded and used when using Pre-Teaching Vocabulary to teach new language:



Watch the videos below for examples of Pre Teaching Vocabulary being developed in the classroom, highlighting the use of gesture, repetition, linking to prior knowledge and consolidating phonological awareness to support the teaching of new vocabulary.

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