chapter  13
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Working with words: vocabulary development in the primary school

ByGeorge Hunt

From very early in their lives, children acquire vocabularies that enable them to make sense of the world around them and to process new ideas and meanings. In this chapter, George Hunt considers the development of vocabulary in children and its importance to successful learning – especially literacy learning. He provides an outline of word acquisition, a description of the research which underpins explicit support to children as they develop their vocabularies and some practical suggestions about ways that teachers can incorporate working with words into everyday learning activities.