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Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively. In school terms, it can be described as oral vocabulary or reading vocabulary. This section provides information about effective vocabulary instruction and the relationship between vocabulary and comprehension.

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Linking the Language: A Cross-Disciplinary Vocabulary Approach

A strategy for vocabulary instruction that involves introducing new vocabulary in related clusters. This approach can help diverse learners — including English language learners — make important vocabulary connections.