Pre-Teaching Vocabulary (PTV)

Pip St John

A teaching resource conceived and developed by Pip St John, and published in October 2016 under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 Licence.

Pre-Teaching Vocabulary Manual (PDF File, 67MB, will download to your computer)

Pre-Teaching Vocabulary (PTV) is a vocabulary teaching methodology that uses symbols and pictures from Communicate in Print (or CIP, see http://www.widgit.com) on visual prompt cards to support teaching children how to learn new words.

Teachers are provided with a range of prompts that support all aspects of word learning (both phonological and semantic). The resources are specialised for whole class, small group and individual settings, and for the use of permanent and temporary classroom displays. PTV resources are designed to encourage children’s ability to learn words independently.

Pre-Teaching Vocabulary provides a structured and principled approach for teaching children how to learn new words. It is particularly effective for teaching children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

PTV aims to support existing teaching methods for word learning and to hone and develop teachers’ existing vocabulary learning strategies. It provides teachers and children with a practical framework upon which to develop critical thinking skills and tools for independent word learning.

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