Myths and Facts Regarding Vocabulary
Susan B. Neuman and Esther Quintero have compiled a set of myths and facts regarding word learning in their book, All About Words:
Here is the list (copied from the Albert Shanker Institute blog):
- There is a vocabulary explosion period in a child's language development.
- Reading storybooks is sufficient for oral vocabulary development.
- Teachable moments – or informal opportunities to engage children in word learning – are sufficient for explaining word meanings.
- The vocabulary scope and sequence in core reading programs generally have a good selection of words for oral vocabulary instruction.
- Children Are Word Sponges.
- Children need repeated exposure to gain vocabulary.
- Teachers have to be intentional about choosing words to teach inorder for children to build their vocabulary.
- Children need both explicit and implicit instruction to learn themeaning of words.
- Words should be taught in categories, based around their inclusionin a larger category.
- Teachers should have ongoing professional development in oralvocabulary instruction to ensure that children make significant,accelerated gains.