Can emphasizing academic vocabulary improve reading?

08/17/2011 | Education Week

A program known as Word Generation focuses on the teaching of academic vocabulary words to improve students' reading ability. The middle-school program was shown to be particularly effective in improving reading ability among English-language learners at eight Boston schools. Students are taught five abstract vocabulary words each week, and the lessons are based on real-world events and core academic subjects. For example, students learning about argumentation, would learn words such as evidence, conclusion and warrant.

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