NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teaching Vocabulary

EDUC 600




Instructor: James Coomber

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375 + textbook

Course Description:

This course is designed to familiarize teachers with the latest research in vocabuary and vocabulary teaching methods. Learn how to choose the right words to teach. Learn how to choose the best word game or activity to present target vocabulary words to your class. Learn how to develop a vocabulary study that will incite enthusiasim for lexical learning in your students.


This course is intended for teachers grades K-12, including ESL language teachers, speech therapists, and special education personnel, as well as general classroom teachers. In this course you will:

1.  Master effective strategies for teaching and creating materials for reviewing words and other lexical items.

2.  Develop a rational for choosing target words and commonly-occurring word structures for intensive teaching.

3.  Acquire teaching strategies for helping students develop vocabulary independence, enabling them to determine word meaning on their own.

4.  Become informed about issues in vocabulary teaching and major findings of vocabulary research, with implications for teaching vocabulary.

5.  Understanding the importance of relating words to the concepts being taught and teach words in ways similar to teaching concepts.

6.  Develop strategies that will help learners become truly engaged with words regarding word study as exciting activity.


Coomber, J. E., Peet, H. D. (1993). Wordskills (Green Level). Evanston, IL: McDougal-Littell Houghton Mifflin..

Coomber; James E., Howard D. Peet and Carl B. Smith. Teaching Vocabulary. Fargo, ND: Division of Continuing Education, North Dakota State University, 1998.

About The Instructor

James Coomber
James Coomber earned his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum & Instruction and his M.A. from University of Wisconsin in English. He earned his B.S. from Wisconsin State College, Platteville, WI in Secondary Education. James received many awards including the National Teaching Fellowship (1970), Who's Who in Education (1980), Bush Foundation Faculty Development Research grant (1984), Midwest Book Achievement Award to name a few. James comes with over 50 years teaching experience.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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