chapter  2
What Do You Know When You “Know” a Word?
Pages 10

So let’s face it: teaching vocabulary in the traditional manner has not proven to be very successful. Students are given a list of words on Monday, asked to look them up and memorize them during the week, and given a test on Friday, a test that often includes the instruction to use some or all of the words in sentences. By the following Friday, students have “forgotten” most of the words that they “knew” the previous Friday.