has consistently found a strong correlation between vocabulary development
and reading comprehension (Snow et al., 1998).
develop vocabulary by being exposed to a rich language environment
and by ample experience with reading. Having students do repeated
readings is one way to encourage reading while reinforcing certain
words in a student's vocabulary. Repeatedly encountering unfamiliar
words in text is not enough, however, for a struggling reader to
develop understanding of their meaning. The student will also need
explicit vocabulary instruction as well as strategies to use when
encountering unfamiliar words.
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