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Building Academic Vocabulary

This seminar is right for you if: You are a Secondary Teacher wanting to deepen understanding and use of academic vocabulary in your students.


ISV Seminar Room 


Independent Schools Victoria40 Rosslyn StreetWest Melbourne VIC 3003  


Tuesday, 19 November 2019 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 


$295 – Member Schools Price (excl. GST) Early Bird Discount 

$420 – Standard Price (excl. GST) Early Bird Discount  


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Program Description: 

‘The technical language of schooling is actually different from ordinary speech.’ 

– Professor Joe Lo Bianco 

‘All teachers have a responsibility to explicitly teach the academic vocabulary required in their classes as part of their learning and teaching program.’ 

– Victorian Curriculum 

Students are required now, more than ever, to have a specific vocabulary to target the requirements of each subject. This one-day workshop will give you practical advice on how to explicitly teach academic language in your classroom. It will allow you and students to move beyond ‘buzzwords’ and jargon into focused and relevant language that can be employed across all subject areas. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants will leave with insights on how to: 

  • develop a plan for building academic vocabulary 
  • create a rich language classroom 
  • support students in developing the language-learning independence. 

Presenter Information – Deb Carmichael 

Deb Carmichael has taught mathematics for over 25 years across all secondary year levels and in a variety of contexts. She has held Head of Department roles and Senior Executive roles. Deb is now a Senior Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria, working in The Development Centre. This allows her use her experience, ideas, understanding of current research and passion for mathematics teaching and learning to engage and work with fellow educators.   

Presenter Information – Will Hanley 

Will Hanley is currently Advisor, Innovation Practice – Curriculum at Independent Schools Victoria. Prior to his current role, he taught English and Drama, holding various leadership positions, including Head of Department and Head of House. He has a passion for assisting young people to strive and thrive in multiple endeavours, challenging students to create and collaborate in order to comment on and positively contribute to the society in which they live.