Vocabulary is something that shouldn't be underestimated and can help a young individual to go far in life. By increasing our vocabulary we are able to improve our comprehension which enables us to learn more and to even just enjoy reading fiction more. At the same time if we have a better command over the English language then this will help us to write better letters, better articles, better CVs and better e-mails. When you submit a CV to a company this is often their first and only impression of you, and other than your qualifications the only thing they are going to be able to base your intelligence and capability on is the way that the CV is actually written. As such then, a good vocabulary that has been well used and integrated into your CV or personal statement can be the difference between getting the job and losing out to someone more eloquent. At the same time a well worded e-mail or letter is likely to be taken more seriously if you are making a complaint or communicating at work, and the ability to write well will be crucial many job roles involving communication or creativity.
So yeah then, it's fair to say that vocabulary is important, and we tend to leave it to the school teachers to instil this in our pupils, so what techniques can they use to this end? Here are a few of the best ways to improve a child's vocabulary.
Spelling Tests: It's fair to say that every child dreads spelling tests, but that's not to say that they aren't highly useful and shouldn't be included in the class room. Spelling tests are useful because they don't just ensure the children know the words, but also how to use them correctly.
Reading: The very best way to improve our vocabulary is simply to read more. The more we read the more vocabulary we are going to take in on an unconscious level and ultimately the more will end up finding their way into our vocabulary. Teachers should encourage their children to constantly have at least one book that they're reading in private, and should at the same time have class reading sessions too. There are also various other ways that teachers can get children to read without making it necessarily into purely a 'reading' exercise – by getting them to research things online or in encyclopaedias for instance, or by getting them to read the Bible as a group, or to read the news even on a daily basis. This way they will take in the information and the lessons they get from those sources and at the same time strengthen their vocabulary.
Games: Dressing almost anything up as a game can make it more appealing to children, and especially if you can encourage a little competition and have a prize waiting at the end. Examples include hangman, word searches, crosswords and even eye-spy.
Writing: Getting your children to do creative writing is something that most will enjoy, and at the same time you can encourage them to use a thesaurus in order to make their text really flow. Getting children to write poems and rhymes is particularly good as well because it forces them to be a little more creative when they're searching for their next word.
About Guest Author: Jen is a veteran priest and works with Homeschool Bible Curriculum to provide knowledge to people on the importance and need of the Holy Bible to the world. She likes to give preaching on religious values to the kids.