ERIC Number: ED300781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Vocabulary Instruction and Reading Comprehension. Technical Report No. 431.
Nagy, William E.
This paper synthesizes research on vocabulary learning and vocabulary instruction to provide teachers with a basis for using different techniques of vocabulary instruction to improve reading comprehension. The limitations of traditional definition and context-based instruction are discussed in the paper, and principles are outlined which explain why, how, and when teachers can use more intensive vocabulary activities effectively. The paper does not just present specific new techniques for instruction, but also describes how approaches to vocabulary instruction such as integration, repetition, and meaningful use of words contribute to reading comprehension. The information furnished in this paper is intended to provide teachers with a basis for making use of, and effectively adapting, a range of different instructional techniques. The paper argues that large scale vocabulary growth comes about through a combination of instruction, incidental encounters with words, and sheer volume of reading. Four figures are included, and 45 references are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: For an expanded version of this report which appears as "Teaching Vocabulary To Improve Reading Comprehension," see CS 009 329.