Vocabulary development is a current focus for most schools and is increasingly understood as a key area in raising standards not only in English, but also across the curriculum.
It would seem that, when children begin schooling, many have very limited vocabularies and also have difficulty in responding in full sentences. We know that limited word knowledge is a key factor in the under-achievement of both English speaking children as well as those who are EAL learners. Without good word knowledge, children are very poorly equipped to engage with the demands of the curriculum and the texts they need to read and to write.
This book examines the research and different approaches to developing vocabulary and offers effective practical approaches to the teaching of vocabulary.