“Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought. When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford.”

Research shows that vocabulary is a strong predictor of academic success. This is because vocabulary provides access to more knowledge by unlocking text comprehension, and increasing the accuracy with which we express ourselves and understand others. In this research document we explore the benefits of learning more words and the most effective ways to teach them.


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