When Dyslexia Positive met in June, we decided to have a discussion about vocabulary. I devised some seminar questions as follows, with some background reading:
Seminar questions about vocabulary
Pick a question and be prepared to lead a brief discussion on the topic.
- What is the difference between receptive vocabulary and expressive vocabulary? Discuss this in relation to both speaking & listening and reading & writing.
- What counts as knowing a word; is to enough to be able to read it? To spell it? To know what it means?
- A study in 2016 found that the average 20-year-old recognises about 42000 words. After that age people typically learn 1 – 2 words each day. 65 year olds have vocabulary levels bigger than university students. Explain and evaluate the research:
Brysbaert et al. (2016) How Many Words Do We Know? Practical Estimates of Vocabulary Size Dependent on Word Definition, the Degree of Language Input and the Participant’s Age http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01116/full
- What do you think this test measures? If there were a U.K. version would you use it? CREVT-3 Comprehensive Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary Third Edition:http://www.proedinc.com/customer/productView.aspx?ID=5174
- What can the WRIT vocabulary subtest tell us about reading ability?
Some general background reading:
Braze et al (2007) Speaking Up for Vocabulary: Reading Skill Differences in Young Adults
McShane, S. (2005) [online] Applying research in reading instruction for adults. First steps for teachers, Washington DC, National Institute for Literacy https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/applyingresearch.pdf [accessed 3 June 2017], especially Chapter 6.
Wise et al (2007) The Relationship Among Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary, Listening Comprehension, Pre-Reading Skills, Word Identification Skills, and Reading Comprehension by Children With Reading Disabilities
Over the next few days, I will post the notes of some of our discussions!
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