Vocabulary Building

Vocabulary acquisition is a key element for reading progress. As Aldous Huxley once said, “Words play an enormous part in our lives and are therefore deserving of the closest study.”

In addition to formal literature studies, vocabulary is taught both directly and through the context of students’ literature. Vocabulary is taught purposefully to increase students’ working word knowledge, thus improving their reading comprehension and performance.

“Many studies have established the fact that there is a high correlation between vocabulary and intelligence and that the ability to increase one's vocabulary throughout life is a sure reflection of intellectual progress.” Bergen Evans

Formal vocabulary instruction consists of word lists that correlate with the reading selections and thematic units. Students learn to use the words in context and are tested accordingly. In addition to the teacher provided lists, students are also encouraged to identify words that they do not know, record them in their vocabulary notes, and sort them according to a tiering process they are taught. Practice is assigned through partner or small group application. When students have had sufficient time to process, practice, and apply the words correctly, they are tested for their knowledge and usage.