3 Reasons Why More Reading Won’t Build Kid’s Vocabulary

At the National Right to Read Foundation, we’re constantly on the lookout for excellent articles and research that helps students learn to read more effectively. This is an excellent, quick read from The Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching that demonstrates how to better build kids’ vocabularies.

Research shows that enriching students’ vocabulary improves their reading, especially their comprehension. In fact, John Hattie’s review of research revealed that enhancing students’ vocabulary has more impact on their subsequent reading comprehension than teaching them phonics, teaching themcomprehension strategies or placing them in a Reading Recovery program. It’s not that these strategies aren’t effective; it’s just that vocabulary programs are even more effective.


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