Increasing Students Vocabulary in the Secondary Classroom

Author: Laura Zinghini


My name is Laura Zinghini and I have been a Drama and English Secondary teacher for 12 years. I am going to be discussing how to increase the vocabulary of students in the secondary classroom. By looking at the obstructions to students literacy and utilising literacy strategies to overcome that obstruction, we will assist students in all facets of life. I will be covering general strategies for all classrooms, as well as teaching specific strategies to increase vocabulary that is subject specific.


When I am teaching, I try to utilise as many of these strategies as possible, and this in turn, informs my practise. The more that you use the strategies, the more that they will integrate into your planning and hopefully assist your students to increase their vocabulary!