Beijing: Word Inquiry: Strengthening Vocabulary, Spelling and Reading throu...

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Canadian International School of Beijing

38 Liangmaqiao Road

Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi 100096


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Have you often felt you should do more to strengthen students’ vocabulary than present a list of words relevant to your current topic? And have you ever found yourself telling students to sound out words they are trying to spell or read only to realise they can’t be sounded out? Traditional ways of supporting vocabulary growth, decoding and spelling skills are often compartmentalised and don’t utilise 21st-century teaching approaches.

This workshop will introduce participants to an inquiry based approach to studying the way words are built. Through investigations, participants will be able to uncover that in English spelling, meaning is prioritized over sound, making it far more regular than most of us imagine. Following a structured process to analyze, synthesize and find relationships among words supports agency in critical thinking, vocabulary, reading and spelling, across all subject areas. Learning how and why words such as ‘heal’ and ‘health’ or ‘tractor’ and ‘subtract’ are related empowers students, giving them greater control of their language, literacy and thinking skills.

Participants are extended the opportunity to:

  • deepen their own understanding of how English words are structured

  • use the process of scientific inquiry to learn about word structure and discover for themselves the satisfaction and deep learning that ensues from following an investigation from start to finish

  • understand the power of the morpheme (bases, prefixes and suffixes)

  • be better informed about the complexity of letter-sound relationships

  • discover how word inquiry is transdisciplinary and can strengthen learning in all subject areas, with all students

  • know there is research behind the approach

  • gather practical ideas and tools for implementation in their classroom


This workshop is intended for K-12 educators interested in

  • understanding more about English orthography (our writing system at the word level) and

  • learning about an inquiry based approach to studying word structure

Although many of the examples will come from Elementary they can easily be adapted for Middle or High School. School leaders interested in learning about a school-wide, inquiry based approach to studying word structure should come along.

Workshop Presenter Biography: Fiona Hamilton

Fiona has worked internationally since the early 90s after beginning her career in Australia. In addition to 12 years of administrative experience, most recently as the elementary principal of ELC International School in Bangkok, she has also had the opportunity to teach Grade 1 through Grade 5, write some children’s books, be a learning support specialist, and coach teachers in literacy strategies. She has been passionately using this approach, either as a teacher or implementing it as an administrator, for over 15 years and now runs wordtorque offering workshops and instructional coaching in English orthography. Fiona has studied with Real Spelling and often works with Pete Bowers of Wordworks. She holds an MEd (administration) and an MEd (literacy) as well as Literacy Coaching certification. Find her on Twitter: @wordtorque.

Conference Schedule:

Saturday 26 October 2019

0830-0900 Welcome

0900-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1300 Session two

1300-1345 Lunch (lunch provided)

1345-1545 Session three

Sunday 27 October 2019

0830-1030 Session one

1030-1100 Break (snacks provided)

1100-1230 Session two (conclusion of workshop)

Certificates All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Workshop Registration Fee

Early Bird Fee: US$330.00

Registration fee after the 24 July 2019: US$360.00

Registration fee after the 24 September 2019: US$390.00

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Please note that by requesting an invoice for payment and therefore to send money electronically you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Additional Administration Costs: An additional administration fee of US$100.00 . This fee will be included in the invoice.

Late Payments: If paying by invoice and payment for participants is not made prior to the workshops commencing, a late payment fee will be incurred of US$40.00 per person. The school will be invoiced for this following the workshops.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 24 September 2019 or earlier if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed. If the workshop is proceeding you will not receive an email.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by by 24 September, 2019 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 24 September, 2019 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant by the 5 October free of charge.

Important: Innovative Global Education must be informed by 5 October 2019 of any changes. If any changes are requested after this date, please note, for the change to go ahead there will be an administration fee of US$30.00 charged by invoice for each requested change.


Guang Ming Hotel

Here is a contact for Guang Ming Hotel gmfdbj@126.com

To book the hotel you can visit the website below and book online: http//guangming.hotels-beijing-ch.com/en/

Getting There:

Canadian International School Beijing is a very short walk from the hotel.

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