When we “own” our words, we are effective speakers, listeners, readers, and writers. It is crucial that teachers of all subjects, not just those who teach English Language Arts, teach the meaning and usage of key vocabulary in their discipline areas (often called “Tier 2” words). Vocabulary acquisition promotes not only academic success, but also students’ abilities to build peer relationships and effectively convey their thoughts and feelings. In this course, the teacher will learn how to select appropriate vocabulary for instruction, create meaningful learning activities and games, address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), and plan differentiated vocabulary instruction for students of all levels. After finishing the course, the teacher will be able to plan and implement a vocabulary program that combines direct instruction with a classroom environment that uses rich discussion techniques to enable students to interact with words in a meaningful way.