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15. Teaching reading vocabulary: before reading


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

Readers need to know 90-95% of the words in a text in order to understand it. This means that there are two clear implications for selecting texts for instructional purposes. Either:

  1. select texts on topics that learners are interested in and already know quite a lot about – in which case many of the words and phrases should already be in their receptive vocabulary; or
  2. select texts that learners need to read (and hopefully will also find interesting), and pre-teach vocabulary that they might not know.

The important point is that educators should use texts to strengthen vocabulary. Here’s Dr Sue Dymock to explain why.

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