Ten people contributed opinions on vocabulary development in Larry Ferlazzo’s recent blog on “Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary” (Ed Week, March 17; http://tinyurl.com/ctesagq).
There is massive research from many different kinds of research showing that reading is a powerful source of vocabulary knowledge, most likely the most powerful source. Also a number writers in the professional literature present evidence showing that direct instruction of vocabulary can have only a limited effect.
Nevertheless, only one contributor to Ferlazzo’s blog mentioned reading. In a tweet, SaroltaGB wrote: “Students develop their academic vocabulary best by reading academic texts on topics they are interested in.”
Why this allergy to reading?