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3. What it means to “know” a word

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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin



  • “Knowing” a word is complex. There are different levels of knowledge about a word from knowing what a word means in a single, everyday context to understanding the different meanings of a word including how it is used in quite specialised contexts and how it is used in connection with other words.
  • Multiple exposures to a word are necessary if the word is to become part of an individual’s vocabulary. Research shows that after 40 encounters with a word, learners are still extending their knowledge of it.
  • Most early readers have a bigger oral (listening and speaking) vocabulary than reading vocabulary, but this difference narrows as they develop their reading expertise.



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