Students who read words, but don’t understand them, often struggle with comprehension. Tim Rasinski, a renowned professor of literacy education whose research on reading fluency and word study has made him a literacy hero to many, shares his thoughts in the following post about the importance of vocabulary practice, which includes both word recognition and word meaning. Rasinski’s research on word fluency is cited in the report, “Applying Best Practices For Effective Vocabulary Instruction,” written by VocabularySpellingCity in partnership with McREL International. Take it away, Dr. Rasinski:
It just makes sense that word knowledge is important for reading. Readers need to be able to decode (sound) the words they encounter when they read, and they also need to know the meaning of the words encountered. Difficulties in either of these competencies will affect reading comprehension.