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Professor Kevin Flanigan, Professor of Education

Professor Kevin Flanigan
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been moved, awed, and at times, even gobsmacked by the power and magic of words.

Professor Kevin Flanigan is a Professor of Education in the Literacy Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. in History from Mary Washington College, his M.Ed. from James Madison University, and his M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. After working as a middle grades teacher and reading specialist, he received his Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia, with a dissertation on emergent readers’ developing concept of word in text.

In 2011, Professor Flanigan was nominated for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award. In 2009, he and his colleagues at West Chester University received an Educator 500 award for innovative teaching.

Professor Flanigan’s research focuses on developmental word knowledge, vocabulary development and instruction, and interventions for struggling readers. He presents frequently at national and international conferences and works with schools to implement effective literacy instruction. He is coauthor of Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, Vocabulary Their Way (2nd edition), and Developing Word Recognition. Professor Flanigan is on the authorship team for the Vocabulary Their Way middle school program. He has published articles in many professional journals, including The Reading Teacher, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the Journal of Literacy Research.

Testimonials
"Instructor's love of words is infectious. He is facile and sedulous in his delivery and covers a wide variety of interesting and useful words. In addition, the strategies for learning words are very helpful for learners of all ages."

11 Courses and Sets

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11 Courses and Sets

  1. Building a Better Vocabulary

    Building a Better Vocabulary

    Kevin Flanigan
    4.6 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (98)
    Starting at $229.95 Starting at $229.95 $429.95 $229.95$429.95
    For anyone who has ever grasped for the perfect word, this course provides a research-based and enjoyable method for improving your vocabulary. Your professor understands the cognitive science behind language acquisition and is able to present each new word in a way that makes it immediately memorable. But more importantly, he teaches you these tips and strategies so you can apply them whenever you learn a new word.
  2. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Art of Reading Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    Enhance your enjoyment of reading with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, tease apart the fine nuances between similar words. Then, in Art of Reading, learn techniques that will increase both your comprehension and your pleasure when you read.
  3. (Set) Greek 101 & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) Greek 101 & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $859.90 $699.90$859.90
    This robust two-course set provides guiding principals to improve your lexicon. Start with getting a good grasp on English etymology and the foundations of a classical education with Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language. Then, put that root knowledge to work with Building a Better Vocabulary to elevate your vernacular and even improve your writing, speaking, and thinking abilities.
  4. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & The Secret Life of Words Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.90 Starting at $459.90 $859.90 $459.90$859.90
    Sharpen your language skills with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, use the tools of cognitive science to learn new words in a way that truly sticks. Then, in The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins, hear the fascinating stories behind dozens of words you thought you knew well.
  5. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Language A to Z Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Language A to Z

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $469.90 $379.90$469.90
    Experience the joy of the English language with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, explore dozens of new words and deepen your knowledge of familiar words. Then, in Language A to Z, join an acclaimed linguist on a journey through fascinating stories about our language.
  6. (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) English Grammar Boot Camp & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    This two-course set gives you the tools to understand proper grammar and command an eloquent vocabulary. Start with an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of grammar in English Grammar Boot Camp. Then, take an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, including the etymology and morphology of words in Building a Better Vocabulary.
  7. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Effective Communication Skills Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Effective Communication Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    Speak clearly and effectively with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, study the nuances between similar words so you always pick the right one. Then, in Effective Communication Skills, learn how to speak in a way that ensures your message is understood.
  8. (Set) Learning Spanish & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) Learning Spanish & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $859.90 $699.90$859.90
    A great vocabulary in any language can enhance your speaking, writing, and even thinking skills. Improve your conversational skills with this two-course set. First go global by Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language. Then take an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English with Building a Better Vocabulary.
  9. (Set) Learning Spanish II & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) Learning Spanish II & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Kevin Flanigan
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $859.90 $699.90$859.90
    Improve the way you speak in two languages with this two-course set. Start by becoming proficient at Spanish with Learning Spanish II: How to Understand and Speak a New Language. Then, enjoy a research-based and fun method for improving your English vocabulary with Building a Better Vocabulary.
  10. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Latin 101 Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Latin 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $859.90 $699.90$859.90
    Firm up your knowledge of English's foundation with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, study the Latin and Greek roots that form the majority of our words. Then, in Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language, get a firm grasp of the basics of Latin with an engaging professor.
  11. (Set) English in America & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) English in America & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $659.90 $379.90$659.90
    You’re often defined by what you say, so choose your words carefully. This two-course set will provide the context for you to select the best word in every situation. English in America: A Linguistic History reveals the intriguing story of how American English came to be—and where it's going next. Building a Better Vocabulary gives you a plethora of word choices to express yourself and make a great impression.
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