Vocabulary refers to one’s knowledge of words. It is broken up into oral (speaking), understanding (listening), and print. It is crucial for speaking, listening, literacy, and for learning new concepts. In most instances, decreased vocabulary development can limit and interrupt a child’s learning experience. And while it can grow naturally from daily reading and conversations, depending on the sophistication of these interactions, it is just as important to explicitly teach and expand vocabulary knowledge.
A strong vocabulary is crucial to a student’s success in reading and in school for the following reasons: