1st Edition

Word Aware 3 Teaching Vocabulary in Small Groups for Ages 6 to 11

By Anna Branagan, Stephen Parsons Copyright 2022
    168 Pages 93 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    168 Pages 93 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Word Aware 3 is a comprehensive, practical and engaging resource that focuses on teaching vocabulary and word learning skills to children aged 6 to 11 years who have vocabulary learning needs.

    For many children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or those whose home language isn’t English (ELL or EAL learners), the vocabulary of the classroom can be a barrier to learning. This book outlines how to best support these children who require extra help, offering concrete, easy-to-implement activities and resources for use in small groups, to maximise the impact on learning and open up access to the curriculum.

    Word Aware 3:

    • Takes a highly practical, evidence-based and curriculum-focused approach to vocabulary learning that supports a broad range of learners
    • Includes photocopiable and downloadable planning, intervention and evaluation resources
    • Provides staff training resources and an overview video presented by the authors

    This book can be used as an adjunct to Word Aware 1, or as an intervention on its own. Although it is most suited to children aged 6 to 11 years, it may be adapted for older students with significant learning needs. It is an essential resource for teaching assistants and learning support assistants and will also save time for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and speech and language therapists (SaLTs) who are keen to establish effective vocabulary interventions.

    Preface  Chapter 1: Principles of vocabulary teaching  Chapter 2: Supporting children with vocabulary learning needs in the classroom  Chapter 3: Running a vocabulary intervention  Chapter 4: Intervention resources  Chapter 5: Staff training  Chapter 6: Vocabulary research and references


    Anna Branagan is a Speech and Language Therapist. In Gloucestershire, Anna works within a Youth Support Team supporting vulnerable young people. In Worcestershire, she works within mainstream schools supporting inclusive practice. Anna trained at Leeds Metropolitan University 25 years ago. She is the co-author of bestselling Speechmark resources Language for Thinking (second edition, 2017), Word Aware 1 (second edition, 2022) Word Aware 2 (2017) and Language for Behaviour and Emotions (2020).

    Stephen Parsons is a Speech and Language Therapist, trainer and author of practical language development resources for teachers and Speech and Language Therapists (SaLTs). From 1996–2017, Stephen worked as a Speech and Language Therapy Service Manager in Hackney and the City of London. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, he is co-author of bestselling Speechmark resources Language for Thinking (second edition, 2017), Word Aware 1 (second edition, 2022), Word Aware 2 (2017) and Language for Behaviour and Emotions (2020). Stephen graduated in Speech Pathology from Flinders University before attaining an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy from City University, London, in 2000. He currently serves as Chair of NAPLIC, the UK association for professionals working with children and young people with developmental language disorder.


    "I think it’s a fantastic resource and an important part of a whole school approach to vocabulary teaching; it has strengthened my SLT toolkit and been well received in schools" – Julia Henly, Senior SLT, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (RCSLT Bulletin)