ERIC Number: ED298471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Teaching Vocabulary To Improve Reading Comprehension.
Nagy, William E.
Based on the best available research, this publication describes the most effective methods of vocabulary instruction for the improvement of reading comprehension. Examples of useful approaches to vocabulary instruction aimed at students past the initial stages of reading are presented for use or adaptation by classroom teachers. The publication's main emphasis is on the use of prereading activities, but the primary purpose is to provide the teacher with a knowledge of how and why vocabulary-related activities can be chosen and adapted to maximize their effectiveness. Sections of the publication discuss: (1) reasons for failure of vocabulary instruction; (2) partial word knowledge; (3) problems of traditional methods of vocabulary instruction; (4) efficiency of vocabulary instruction; and (5) the trade-off between effective instruction and incidental learning. (Fifty-five references are appended.) (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 52384-015, $4.95 member, $7.50 nonmember--ISBN-0-8141-5238-4); International Reading Association, PO Box 8139, 800 Barksdale Rd., Newark, DE 19714-8139 (No. 151, $4.95 member, $7.50 nonmember--ISBN-0-87207-151-0).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.