VOCABULARY AND THE LEARNER’S DICTIONARY

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! On April 9, 2013, Scripps announced an unprecedented change to the format of the National Spelling Bee. For the first time in history, vocabulary would be part of the written test. And lo, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. The 281 national competitors and their parents, teachers, and coaches all felt as if the rug had been pulled out from beneath them. I was among them. I mean, we all had prepared purely for a spelling…

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MAKING WORD LISTS FROM READING

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! There is a huge argument to be made from the benefits of reading when trying to become an expert speller. Simply put, reading will expose you to a wide variety of words. And unlike poring over simple word lists, reading will improve your vocabulary. Why? Because you see a word in its proper context. Even if you can't learn the exact dictionary definition of a word, you often get a clue as to what it means. If you…

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