145: How To Teach Tier 3 Vocabulary Words in a Meaningful Way

How To Teach Tier 3 Vocabulary Words in a Meaningful Way


Wondering how you can help your students master their tier 3 vocabulary words? 

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of working with tier 2 vocabulary words, but in this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I’m sharing my best tips for teaching tier 3 vocabulary words to your speech students. 

For so many students, we work with them and their parents work with them, and they seem to have these words down… but then they go to take their test and struggle. Maybe the word was used differently or it was put in a different order so it was more challenging for them to remember. 

If you want to help your students be more successful with tier 3 words, there are ways that you can do it in a more meaningful way rather than just drill and kill or memorization. These tips will help your students find more success with these words.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • The tiers of vocabulary words
  • Why it’s important to help students with tier 3 vocabulary words
  • Providing features and EET
  • Using non-examples
  • Using words in a variety of contexts
  • Expanding the vocabulary
  • The benefits of using visuals


I hope you found this episode helpful! By giving our students this framework, it gives them more opportunities to be successful. These strategies will give them a deeper understanding of what the words mean so that they can define them outside of the speech classroom as well as inside. 

If you want a resource that will help you with these words, make sure to check out my Which Definition is Best Resource. 

For more tips and resources for older speech therapy students, make sure to join us inside SLP Elevate! 


How To Teach Tier 3 Vocabulary Words in a Meaningful Way


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