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Teach Vocabulary Children

A study in 2005 by world famous magazine Readers Digest discovered nearly half of all adults believed vocabulary skills among America’s youth were being decimated by text messaging, e-mail, and cell phones.

Forty-five percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed felt these modern means of communication were leading to a decline in the vocabularies of young people, while 26% thought the words used to teach vocabulary children was improving. Twenty-one percent of those surveyed were of the opinion that there was no change in vocabulary skills among young people. The magazine’s National Word Power Challenge, a college scholarship competition aimed at improving vocabulary skills in U.S. students, conducted the survey.

Maybe the publishers of Readers Digest were prophesizing its own downfall, for the much-loved mini-journal offering advice, and short stories dramatically scaled-down its operations in both the US and UK this year, just five years after the survey was commissioned. A sign of the times? Maybe. But if we are to quell this freefall into vocabulary lethargy, the question must be “what is the best way to teach vocabulary to children?”

Other research has revealed that on average a one year-old child has a three-word vocabulary. By the age of two, that child might know around 270 words. A year later, and the amount have shot up to nearly 900. Come kindergarten, and that child’s vocabulary will most likely have over 2,000 words in their mental schoolbag. By the time that child has reached adulthood, he/she may know between 20,000 to 30,000 words. That may sound a lot, but when you consider there are over 500,000 words in the English language, the average adult has barely got their toe in the ocean of vocabulary available to them.

The fear among many educationalists today is that there has been a general “dumbing down” when it comes to children learning words, which then spills over into adulthood as the need to use a wide vocabulary in these modern times lessens as we become overwhelmed by the “get-the-message-across-quick-and-move-on” attitude of a fast-moving world. But in spite of these modern trends, to teach vocabulary children is as important as it ever has been if society wants to maintain a healthy, literate population. The attitude may tell us differently, but when it comes to being educated with the aim of securing a good job, it is imperative a child has a good command of English to get on in the world.

That’s why great attention has been applied to educational software for home PCs, and laptops in an effort to make expanding a child’s vocabulary easy, fun, and effective. Programs such as Ultimate Vocabulary have been steadily becoming available in the last few years, and are proving to be a rewarding method of teaching new words to young people.