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Developing Vocabulary

Developing a rich listening, speaking, reading and writing vocabulary is vital in all curricular areas if students are to understand and the content.  Purposeful vocabulary development goes far beyond merely looking up words and learning definitions for a teat on Friday. Research shows that this is the least effective method of learning vocabulary.  Students should be exposed to a wide vocabulary in the classroom and encouraged to use and internalize the words.  A rich vocabulary can make content subject matter easier to learn, provide greater enjoyment when reading, even add to proficiency in the work place. For strategies, graphic organizers and word play, see the page on Vocabulary Development linked below.

Helping Your Child Develop Vocabulary


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