Developing Language and Vocabulary Knowledge
Recent research indicates that once pupils have been taught a relatively
small number of critical phonic skills their decoding is improved by developing
their language skills and vocabulary knowledge rather than teaching further phonic skills.
Recent research on a concept known as ‘set for variability’ refers to pupils’ capacity to exploit their vocabulary knowledge of a word that has been mispronounced to provide the correct pronunciation of that word. For children to develop these skills, hearing stories is not enough: they have to read the books themselves in part or in their entirety. That way, they can actively develop their language skills and vocabulary knowledge – including the capacity to correct mispronunciations in their reading.