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Pauline Smith

Ready-made resources for vocabulary and language intervention sessions

November 3, 2021

Teachers use many strategies to support English learners or students who have a speech or language delay. Read on to find out how the resources on LearningGrids can be used during intervention sessions.

In our New to English category, we have a range of sets that help children learn specific vocabulary related to familiar settings - a school, a shopping mall, and a house. The Custom, Talk, and writing sets offer illustrated activities that enable students to learn the names of everyday objects as well as practice speaking, reading, and writing of the focus vocabulary.


You can use the groups of related Clicker sets to structure a set of intervention sessions for individuals or groups of students. For example, the Patch the Cat resources can be used to teach the naming of household items and rooms in the house. To introduce the vocabulary, encourage children to listen, read, and repeat the patterned language and predictable sentences in the story Patch Likes This – Read a Book.


Encourage students to practice saying and recording what they can see in the pictures using Patch Likes This – Make a Book. When learners are ready to move on, they can write the words in sentence order using the related Sentence Set. The set currently provides a View and Remember model which develops students’ retrieval and memory skills, while learning the patterns of word order. This level of scaffolding can be adapted in Edit View to suit the needs of the learner. As students become more independent, use the Connect Set to construct the practiced sentences using the “This is” and “Patch likes” sentence starters.


This approach helps children to overlearn the focus vocabulary, phrases, and sentences. From my experience, this repetitive approach builds confidence and accuracy while developing speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will be applying their newfound vocabulary and language skills in no time!

For many more groups of ready-made resources with specific repetitive vocabulary and sentence structures, browse through the Clicker Friends, Planet Wobble, and More Stories sections in our Story Corner category.

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