In this International Dyslexia Association Perspectives article, Theresa A. Roberts explores the topic of vocabulary acquisition of children, particularly multilingual learners and learners from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The article outlines factors that impact vocabulary acquisition and highlights how children learn words. The article explains the general features of strong vocabulary instruction with concrete examples for the classroom setting including a one-page handout on 15 ways to build vocabulary in the classroom.
This article supports the teaching of vocabulary learning in the early grades. It highlights the importance of robust vocabulary instruction and provides examples on how to achieve this in the classroom context.