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South Carolina: Researcher Publishes Article on Vocabulary Across the School Grades

Dr. Suzanne Adlof, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has published a paper on vocabulary across the school grades. Her article served as an introduction to a special issue, which she guest edited, in Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools. She also published a paper on accelerating adolescent vocabulary growth within the issue.

The prologue paper introduced the Language Speech and Hearing Services in School Forum on Vocabulary Across the School Grades. The prologue provides a foundation overview of vocabulary’s role in literacy and introduces the topics of the other ten articles (e.g., clinical focus articles, research reviews, word-learning and vocabulary intervention studies) in the forum, the goals of which are to provide an overview of the importance of vocabulary to literacy and academic achievement, to review evidence regarding best practices for vocabulary instruction, and to highlight recent research related to word learning with students across different grade levels.

“Children with language and reading disorders experience specific challenges learning new words, but all students can benefit from high-quality vocabulary instruction,” says Dr. Adlof.

She also notes that the articles in this issue highlight the characteristics of evidence-based vocabulary interventions for children of different ages, ability levels, and language backgrounds and provide numerous examples of intervention activities that can be modified for use in individual, small-group, or large-group instructional settings.

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