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Language & Literacy Development in PreK-1st Grade: Words and More

Recorded on December 09, 2019

This 90-minute archived webinar, hosted by REL West and the Leading with Learning program at WestEd, addresses how teachers can build language- and vocabulary-rich classroom environments to support the language development of young students, with an emphasis on supporting students who are dual language learners. Using the Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) framework – which weaves together content, language, and literacy for optimal learning – presenters will share practical strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction.

Who Will Benefit

Teachers, instructional coaches, teacher educators, administrators, and applied researchers

What You Will Learn

Viewers will:

  • Learn about how to boost young children’s academic language use, with a special focus on vocabulary and language-rich environments
  • See an example of interactive academic vocabulary instruction
  • Discuss ways to incorporate daily academic language learning in fun and engaging ways

The TLC incorporates several evidence-based practices for teaching English learner students outlined by the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides and the National Academies’ “Promising Futures” report.


  • Pamela Spycher, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Thea Fabian, Teacher, Fresno Unified School District (CA)

Webinar Presenter(s):

Thea Fabian Teacher, Fresno Unified School District (CA)