For Teachers

For Teachers

Teaching effective vocabulary published by Department of Children, Schools and Family in the UK says vocabulary is more than a list of words, and although the size of one’s vocabulary matters, it’s knowing how to use it which matters.


Students who acquire a substantial vocabulary are often able to think more deeply, express themselves better, and learn new things more quickly. The number of words one knows as well as the depth of understanding of those words is related to the ability to think, according to Susan Canizares, PhD in Language and Literacy development.


Vocabulary is a strong indicator of reading success. (Biemiller, 2003)


Many researches show how important learning vocabulary is and what its correlation is to one’s ability to process information and adapt to the new circumstances more effectively. We believe students with strong vocabulary find reading, comprehending texts and understanding different situations easier and are more confident to express what they think and feel, as the ability to appreciate the subtlety of thoughts and feelings deepens the wealth of communication.


Children’s declining reading comprehension compared to more able peers from age 8 onwards largely resulted from a lack of vocabulary knowledge (Becker, 1977), and that this was primarily caused by a lack of learning opportunities, not a lack of natural ability. (Chall, 1990)


The researchers in 1970s established how teaching vocabulary at the earlier stage of elementary school could gradually affect the performance of students at more senior levels.  We believe My Dictionary and My Thesaurus could effectively provide a well-rounded and cost-effective starter pack for young students to be well-equipped with the basic vocabulary and keep them interested in the continuous learning.