Course Description

Educators have struggled with how to teach vocabulary to their students, which in turn, is directly connected to reading comprehension and writing. In this second edition of Bringing Words to Life, the authors not only address creating a classroom climate where robust vocabulary instruction is the norm, but they also share specific and effective strategies for teaching vocabulary, its relationship to good writing, and working with struggling readers as well as English language learners. This is an important read for educators wanting to learn more about vocabulary instruction in grades K-12.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course educators will know:

  • How to create a classroom with an emphasis on robust vocabulary instruction
  • How to assess and maintain new vocabulary
  • The important connection between vocabulary instruction and writing
  • Specific instructional strategies to support struggling readers and English language learners
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Section Title
Book Study: Bringing Words to Life
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $355.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Bringing Words to Life - Robust Vocabulary Instruction - Second Edition By Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Teacher Study.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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