Learning new vocabulary is not an exact science

Displaying words on the classroom wall could help pupils to grasp spellings, but it might not assist them in mastering sounds and meanings, writes Megan Dixon

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What is the best way to help our students learn new vocabulary? It seems to be accepted practice that writing new vocabulary on the board helps. It is assumed that seeing the words assists students in understanding the letter patterns and sounds within it, and this helps with learning the word. But does it, really?

The benefit of spelling patterns for learning spoken vocabulary has been shown across many studies with students of different ages who are learning different languages, and with and without special educational needs.

In one of the first studies, Jessie Ricketts and colleagues ...

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