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This Dictionary Illuminates the Meaning of Everything

Language Magazine – Richard Lederer

“This year marks the 90th anniversary of the greatest monument ever erected to the English language. In 1857, the idea of a comprehensive “dictionary of historical principles” was first presented. On June 1, 1928, the first two complete twelve-volume sets were formally presented—one to King George V and one to President Calvin Coolidge. It took almost three-quarters of a century to complete the original tombstone-sized, twelve-volume edition and 29 years to update it in an integrated 22,000-page, 20-volume second edition that consists of nearly 60 million words.” (more)

Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’

KQED News Mind/Shift – Anya Kamenetz

“Did you know that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3? Chances are, if you’re the type of person who reads a newspaper or listens to NPR, you’ve heard that statistic before. Since 1992 this finding has, with unusual power, shaped the way educators, parents and policymakers think about educating poor children.” (more)

Showing Students the Power of Words

Edutopia – Robert Ward

“The longer I teach, the more I realize that my rapport with each student is based on how effectively I speak with them, both publicly and one on one. When I express empathy, my students’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences are validated. Through my words of warmth and acceptance, each child becomes an integral part of our class community.” (more)

A child’s spoken vocabulary helps them when it comes to reading new words for the first time

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Children find it easier to spell a word when they’ve already heard it spoken, a new study led by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) at Macquarie University has found. The findings are the first to provide evidence about how oral vocabulary in children is linked to their ability to learn to read new words. “We found that when children have heard a new word spoken, and know how it is pronounced and what it means, they are then able to process this word with more speed when they have to read it for the first time,” explained Signy Wegener, lead researcher of the study.”(more)

Seven myths about dyslexia put to rest

The Conversation – Serje Robidoux

“As researchers who study dyslexia, we often read articles or overhear conversations that completely misunderstand what dyslexia is – or how it can be treated. Dyslexia is the term used to describe someone with reading difficulties…To coincide with Dyslexia Empowerment Week – aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the disorder – we highlight the seven most common misconceptions about dyslexia.”(more)

Closed Captioning Gives Literacy a Boost

Education Week – Monica Brady-Myerov

“It turns out that reading same-language subtitles while listening to the same words on screen is a complicated transaction. A study by the University of Nottingham, in England, looked closely at just this process—what our eyes are doing when we are listening and reading simultaneously—and its implications for K-12 education seemed significant. Intrigued, I looked into the matter further, finding that same-language subtitling can actually support literacy. In other words, rather than being simply annoying, listening to English and reading English subtitles helps in decoding words and reading better.”(more)