“While without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed”
– Wilkins (1972).
This point reflects that in different languages, one can even communicate without grammar- maybe with some useful words and expressions but cannot do so without vocabulary.
As students learn to develop greater fluency and expression in English, it is significant for them to acquire more productive vocabulary knowledge and develop their own personal learning strategies.
Understanding the vocabulary Knowledge
The concept of a word can be defined in various ways, and three significant aspects to focus on are form, meaning and use.
The form of a word involves its pronunciation (spoken form), spelling (written form), and any word parts that make up a particular word, where on the other hand meaning encompasses the way that form and meaning work together, in other words it is the association that comes to mind when people think about a specific word or expression. Finally, use involves the grammatical functions of the word or phrase, collocations that normally go with it, any constraints on its use, frequency level and so on.
Without sufficient understanding of words, students cannot understand others or express their own ideas.
There has been a big push in the last 10-15 years to improve student’s vocabulary skills and here is why
The Five Reasons why Vocabulary maters
To understand what you read you need to first understand the words, a research shows that while reading a certain context or paragraph you need to understand 98% of the words you read to understand what you are actually reading.
Only by improving your vocabulary skills, will you be able to start understanding what you are reading and express yourself in a better way to others.
For any language you learn, it is important you know its words to communicate better and grow interest in understanding the language better. Sure you can just know the language, but to master it you will definitely need more than just knowing the language. Developing a rich vocabulary helps you think in the same language which in turn helps you read more and express yourself better.
Successful communication or “saying what you mean” is dependent upon a good vocabulary base. Using the right words and knowing when to use the right words makes you an effective communicator.
Having a good vocabulary to draw from can help you write more effectively. Students need to use a more formal tone when writing rather than using conversational language, and to do that, they need a rich vocabulary to tap into those words that we don’t use while we speak.
Finally, success in your business place depends on your communication skills no matter what language you are communicating in. To communicate in an effective way you need to vocabulary. Researcher Johnson O’Connor also found in one of his researches that “a person’s vocabulary level is the single best predictor of occupational success.
In conclusion learning and developing a good vocabulary has a direct impact on your success.
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