Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading Comprehension

Yi-chun Pan

Abstract


Vocabulary is vital for comprehending reading texts. Readers must possess a certain number of words, the so-called threshold level, in order to be able to read in L2. This paper provides direct vocabulary instruction techniques, aimed at helping students with a small lexicon to acquire core vocabulary, more important and high-frequency words, at rates that will improve their reading comprehension.

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Vocabulary; Collocation; Reading comprehension

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/10013

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