Vocabulary knowledge is the area of language that we can easily recognize as an important skill in becoming a successful student. A great deal of our vocabulary is related to our experiences in the world, so we always want to expose a child to as much about the world as we can. As a child gets older, however, vocabulary growth becomes more dependent on reading. The more she reads interesting material, the more her vocabulary will develop.
A student who is struggling to read is at risk to have her vocabulary lag behind. More importantly, she is at risk to not reach her own potential as a learner! Learning vocabulary in school depends on several factors. One important and obvious factor is to help a student to improve reading skills so she can access rich vocabulary. Another important factor is the manner that a classroom is organized so that a student has multiple and consistent opportunities to learn new vocabulary.
This Blog by Linguistic Foundations continues to present the Teaching Standards for Teachers of Reading and Writing, which has been created by the International Dyslexia Association – https://dyslexiaida.org. These Standards can guide teachers to identify all of the domains of Language and Literacy that are needed for a child to become a proficient reader. It is a very comprehensive set of standards, and this Blog post focuses on the Vocabulary Standard!
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