Academic MTSS MS Literacy Focus: Implementing “Word Generation” to Enhance Language Skills

Apprenticing English Learners into Conscious and Self-Directed Disciplinary Vocabulary Development

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Session Dates

Thursday February 27, 2020 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM


The presentation builds on sociocultural/ecological theory to present a robust model of vocabulary development with second language learners. It considers development as a process of apprenticeship where deliberately constructed student interaction around pivotal disciplinary themes triggers development. In this model, students’ use of metacognition while reading, writing, and expressing themselves orally develops their voice and agency with considerable growth in the appropriation of new terms and concepts. The model to be discussed, while building on Word Generation practices amplifies them to embed the development of language in sociocultural practice. Video clips will illustrate the approach.

Core topics of the professional development include:

  • Sociocultural theory and the development of language practices, including vocabulary
  • Apprenticeship; scaffolding
  • The simultaneous development of conceptual
  • Analytic, and language practices
  • Interaction as the engine that drives development; the deliberate construction of interactive opportunities for English Learners to develop language and vocabulary
  • The emergence of student voice and autonomy


After the professional development participants will be able to:

  • Describe the construction and enactment of deliberate invitations to engage students in activity that develops their conceptual, analytic, and language practices
  • Describe scaffolding as situated in specific contexts and responsive to the developmental needs of students
  • Identify when scaffolding is appropriate and when it is not generative support
  • Identify student productive academic (disciplinary) engagement in a developing language

Target Audience

Word Generation Series Teams, Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, ESL Providers, Reading Specialists, Speech/Language Therapists, Tiered Providers, Paraprofessionals

Topics Covered: Literacy

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Dr. Aida Walqui Ph.D.

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp


Pam Kastner