- Power to capture an image
- Power to express our thoughts correctly
- Power to send a message
- ...and now power to understand and comprehend...or receive a message.
If you examine the "spoken word" you will find that typically, it is void of: adjectives, prepositions, and correct grammar. Then, we ask students to switch to writing and include: correct grammar, punctuation, adjectives, compound sentences and lovely words...Herein lies the disconnect:
(This is based on the research of linguist Marilyn Jager Adams, Brown University -- a brilliant Phd.)
Many educators forget that in addition to "using" the correct words to convey a message, is the ability to receive the material with a full understanding. Research shows there is a direct correlation between reading, achievement, vocabulary and comprehension:
- The larger one's vocabulary, the more he will comprehend.
- With greater comprehension, comes greater achievement.
- There is a direct correlation between educated parents and the vocabulary of children. The higher the parents' education, the greater the student's vocabulary.
- There is a direct correlation between poverty and lack of vocabulary.
This means, all educators are in the vocab business:
What else can you add to this list?
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