Case Studies & Research
Research on Vocabulary & Reading
"What is missing for many children who master phonics but don't comprehend well is vocabulary, the words they need to know in order to understand what they're reading. Thus vocabulary is the 'missing link' in reading/language instruction in our school system."
Only a computer-aided vocabulary and reading program like WordSmart's Reading Acceleration Program can give students the repetitions, practice in context, and motivation they need to catch up in a hurry- raising reading comprehension scores while leaving teachers free to teach higher-order language skills (writing, poetry, literature, and so on).
A teacher-centered vocabulary program, though it might prevent the language gap from growing if begun system wide at an early enough age, will neither close the vocabulary gap that exists between today's students (a 3000 word difference between high and low 2nd graders!), nor help make up the language deficit due to TV, video games, and the Internet (15,000 words lost to the average 14 year-old since 1950 --Source: Gallup Poll, 1999). We have a reading emergency in American schools; and workbooks and didactic instruction are just too slow.
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