Theory and Practice in Vocabulary Learning and Teaching

This event is now fully booked.

Date: 20 January, 2012
Location: NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - Building LO4, Room G10, London Road Campus, University of Reading
Event type: Practice-sharing Event

Location map | Programme

Building LO4, Room G10, London Road Campus, University of Reading



EVENT TIMINGS : 10.00 - 16.30

Presenter/facilitator: Jeanine Treffers-Daller, University of Reading

This event is funded by the Higher Education Academy

This one-day workshop aims at bringing together teachers and researchers who share an interest in vocabulary learning and teaching. In recent years, many specialists of language learning have rediscovered how important vocabulary is, not only as one of the key drivers of language learning but also more generally for students' academic achievement. At the workshop recent findings in second language acquisition will be discussed as well as innovative practice in teaching and learning vocabulary. The workshop is aimed at specialists of SLA and ELT as well as teachers of MFL in Secondary and Higher Education.

This event will be of interest to:

  • Teachers of languages in higher education
  • Researchers with an interest in Second Language Acquisition and English Language Training
  • Specialists of SLA and ELT in secondary and higher education

The main outcomes of the event are:

  • Learn about innovative practice in the area of vocabulary acquisition
  • Update participants on recent progress in the area of vocabulary learning



  • This event is free of charge
  • Please note that there is a cancellation fee of £50 if you do not notify us by Monday 16 January 2012 that you are unable to attend.
  • Lunch will be provided

Provisional programme for 20 January 2012
Time Session
10.00 - 11.00 Registration and coffee
11.00 - 11.45 Jeanine Treffers-Daller, University of Reading
Key issues in vocabulary learning: developing intervention studies
pdf Slides (pptx 1.12 MB)
11.45 - 12.30 Ana Pelicer-Sanchez, University of Nottingham
Using psycholinguistic measures to research vocabulary: Evidence from reaction times (RTs) and eye-tracking.
pdf Slides (pptx 234.3 KB)
12.30 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 13.45 Suzanne Graham, University of Reading
Developing vocabulary learning and teaching: a learner strategy perspective
pdf Slides (pptx 359.5 KB)
13.45 - 14.30 Sarah Rae (The Willink School, Reading)
Meanings that matter - vocab learning in immersion and CLIL'
pdf Slides (ppt 174 KB)
pdf Word (doc 40 KB)
14.30 - 15.15 Margherita Edney (Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre, Reading)
The impact of teaching language learner strategies, for memorising vocabulary, on performance in vocabulary tests
pdf Slides (pptx 231.09 KB)
15.15 - 15.45 Tea
15.45 - 16.30 General discussion
Future directions in vocabulary learning and teaching

A summary of the discussion can be downloaded here word Word (Word 14.93 KB)

16.30 Close