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New Vocabulary: How Do Children Learn New Words?

Warwick B. Elley

Most children in school learn the meanings of more than a thousand new words each year. Yet few teachers deliberately set out to drill their pupils systematically on selected word lists. Nor do children consult their dictionaries a thousand times a year. Even if they did, it is unlikely that they would remember what they read so that it became a permanent part of their lexicon.

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