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Dear Parents, What is vocabulary? Vocabulary tends to refer to the written or spoken words we must know as an individual in order to communicate effectively. Generally speaking, vocabulary can be described as either oral vocabulary or reading vocabulary. Oral vocabulary refers to spoken words that we as individuals generally use in speaking or recognize in the listening process of communication. Additionally, reading vocabulary refers to words that we as people tend to recognize during conversations with others or in print (Ambruster, Lehr, Osborn, 2001). Why is vocabulary important? Vocabulary is and continues to be very important. Vocabulary in itself plays a very important role in one’s ability to effectively learn how to read. When children begin to learn how to read, they use certain specific words they have heard spoken to make sense of the words they have hear. Additionally, the same children reflect on the words they have heard to help make sense of the words they see in print. As beginner readers, they do struggle more with words that are not heard by them or that are not part of their regular oral vocabulary. Knowing the vocabulary is also sufficiently important to reading comprehension. Obviously, readers struggle with reading comprehension when they do not know the words or more importantly the meaning of the words. As children begin to learn the fundamentals of reading and move towards more advanced texts, they must learn the meaning of new words that are not part of their regular oral vocabulary (Ambruster, Lehr, Osborn, 2001).. How can vocabulary be assessed (tested)? Proper assessment of children’s vocabulary is critical for identifying children that may be at risk for potential reading problems. Also, proper assessment or testing is crucial for designing appropriate instruction. When children are suspected of potentially having a learning disability they should be individually assessed by a qualified individual on measures that include both receptive and expressive oral vocabulary. Receptive vocabulary includes the understanding of spoken words.
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