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ELCISS aims to enhance language and communication in secondary school children with primary language and communication impairment through narrative/storytelling and vocabulary enrichment.

ELCISS Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme

We are required to understand and use new vocabulary and different meanings in school and social settings. This is in order to understand subjects in the education curriculum, to interact with others and to form bonds and friendships.

During the school years children encounter many new words of increasing complexity and abstractness. Secondary school age students between 12-17 years are exposed to 10,000 new words from school textbooks alone (Clark, 2003). Vocabulary learning has been identified as being one of the most significant problems experienced by children with speech, language and communication needs (Bishop, 1997; Gathercole, 1993; Sim, 1998). Students with limited vocabulary often find this to be a significant barrier, particularly in relation to the demands made in secondary school.

Vocabulary training is an important educational and therapeutic objective in regards to the vital role it plays in learning and development.

The exciting new Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention programme, comprising of 24 detailed sessions, was specifically designed for older children and young people with language and communication difficulties.

Dr Victoria Joffe, a specialist speech and language therapist created this practical language programme along with input from secondary school teachers, learning support assistants/teaching assistants and students. The programme focuses on enhancing the understanding and expression of vocabulary, word meanings and idiomatic language.

To find out more about the Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme please visit: Speechmark.