NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Words Matter: Using Teacher Languages to Help Students Learn

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

Language is one of the most powerful tools available to teachers and permeates every aspect of teaching and learning. This course will help teachers use language more effectively by exploring the following categories of language: envisioning, open-ended questioning, listening, reinforcing, reminding, and redirecting. Learn how to use language to its full potential to achieve important goals in academic instruction, community building, and classroom management. Recommended for grades K-5.


As a result of participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand how teacher words/language affect learning

2. Learn to use phrases and words to effectively manage a classroom

3. Learn how to structure effective open ended questions

4. Understand the principles behind constructive language


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Denton, P. (EdD.). (2007). The power of our words. Turners Falls, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

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