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Tier 3 vocabulary includes the content-area, subject-specific words and phrases needed for understanding a topic. In this session, explore evidence-based approaches for supporting adult learners at the intermediate and secondary levels (GLE 4-12) with building Tier 3 vocabulary in ways that deepen their knowledge of the topic and foster ongoing learning.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers
  • Subject-matter teachers (e.g., social studies, science, workforce prep, etc.)
  • Teachers and tutors for adult learners reading at GLE 4-12
  • Corrections teachers

Experience evidence-based techniques for teaching content-specific (a.k.a “Tier 3”) vocabulary in ELA classes or content-area classes (e.g., social studies, science, workforce prep, parenting). Both in-person and online approaches are included for selecting which words to teach, designing explicit instruction, providing meaningful practice, and assessing learning.

Please note: You cannot access this session from the SABES website. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the session with instructions on how to access it.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what Tier 3 words are and why they are an essential part of both reading and content area instruction for intermediate ABE and ASE students
  • Select appropriate Tier 3 words for instruction
  • Implement key EBRI approaches for teaching Tier 3 vocabulary and assessing learning, both remotely and in person
  • Access print and online resources
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Strongly recommended:

01/20/2022 - 1:00 pm to 01/20/2022 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Distance and Blended Learning
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
Social Studies
Workplace Education