The ‘30 million word gap’ refers to research brought to light that by the time they begin school, children from lower-income families hear a staggering 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families. Good oral language skills are essential for successful literacy.
This seminar aims to show how we can expand pupils’ vocabulary to close the ‘word gap’.
Julieanne Devlin is a teaching deputy principal, working and living in Co. Donegal with her husband and their four children. She is currently teaching a multigrade classroom of 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes. She qualified with a Bachelor of Education from St. Patrick’s College in 2002, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from St. Patrick’s College in 2004 and a Master of Science from Dublin City University in 2007.
Julieanne is the author of Language for Living: Tip of the Tongue, an oral language and vocabulary development resource for primary schools and Aistear by Eduhub, a resource that integrates language and maths in a wonderful ‘learning through play’ environment.
She has facilitated courses in various County Education Centres in Ireland and spoken at the Birmingham Education Show and the International Teaching and Learning Conference in Birmingham.
She is passionate about oral language, teaching and the progress of her pupils