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Mind the Word Gap [Infographic]

Posted on 08-Sep-2018 15:34:30

Since 2003, when the term "word gap" was first coined by Betty Hart and Todd Risley, teachers, academics and others have explored its existence and impact in primary and secondary education.

In this helpful infographic, we've pulled together some of the key findings from the likes of Oxford University Press, the Education Policy Institute, and our own digital vocabulary curriculum.

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Topics: Vocabulary, Word Gap, Infographics

Vocabulary's coming home!

Posted on 06-Jul-2018 11:26:55

It’s coming home - but what does it mean?

Now I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in my living room to catch the mid-match half-time chit-chat as part of my weekly World Cup fix (can you tell I’m not a big football fan?), I often find myself at a complete loss as to what it is they’re actually talking about. Harry Kane spent that first half keeping ‘deep’, that premeditated foul should have been ‘carded’, free kick this, offside that... and can someone please tell me what on Earth a 'lob' is?

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Topics: Vocabulary, National Events, tier 2 vocabulary, Vocabulary Curriculum, Academic vocabulary, curriculum, Word Gap, world cup

Why Vocabulary Deficits Need Your Attention: The Word Gap Report

Posted on 20-Apr-2018 10:48:35

Back in December 2017, Oxford University Press conducted an online survey with teachers from the around UK. The aim of the research was to explore the nature of the ‘word gap’ that exists for primary and secondary school students. Over the course of a month, the survey received over 1,300 completed responses from 840 secondary school teachers and 473 primary school teachers. The research culminated in a report titled ‘Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report’, which has just been released. You can read the report in full here. But for those of you who have 31 mock language papers to mark, we’ve comprised a list of our five key takeaways on ‘Why Closing the Word Gap Matters.’

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Topics: tier 2 vocabulary, Vocabulary Curriculum, Word Gap