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Teaching Specialized and Technical Vocabulary
Teaching specialized and technical vocabulary

The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Implication of Teaching Vocabulary

The end product of recreational reading and reading other texts is comprehension. Comprehension and word recognition are highly related, and knowledge and use of vocabulary skills are effective predictors of comprehension ability. Nagy and Scott (2000) and Pressley (2002) tell us that vocabulary knowledge makes up as much as 70% to 80% of comprehension, so we cannot deny that vocabulary is of critical importance to comprehension. Furthermore, the positive correlation between vocabulary and comprehension is validated by the research of Beck, McKeown, and Kucan (2002) and Graves (2000). In addition, Allington (2006) ...

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