Developing word consciousness in young readers can help motivate them to learn new words, make personal connections to words, and in turn, use words more skillfully. Word consciousness can also enable students to grow their vocabulary knowledge and improve their comprehension skills in order to become better readers. It is essential for the teacher to present words in a way that will get students excited about words and promote word consciousness. Additionally, students need to be immersed in an environment that is filled with words. Further, the words should be presented through rich, teacher-led strategies that engage students in communicating and listening. Strategies and approaches to help students develop an awareness, interest, and love for words are described.
Elementary and Literacy Education Department
Carr, B. (2020). Developing word consciousness in young readers. Innovations and Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning 1(1), 1-22. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/icitl/vol1/iss1/1
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