It is well understood that a child that has a well-developed vocabulary often finds it easier to read and write with fluency but did you know that it also has links to improved confidence and wellbeing? In fact, so significant is a good vocabulary that teachers are being prompted to support the language acquisition of children in primary schools so that their outcomes in later schooling can be maximised.
How Vocabulary Affects Confidence
At first, it can be difficult to see how words can improve a child’s confidence, but when you are able to communicate effectively, you grow in confidence and are more likely to be willing to try new things.
The Communication Trust advocates for strong language support in the early years as there is a clear link between children with strong vocabularies and academic outcomes. Put simply, the more words a child knows, the better they are likely to do in their exams. This is not just down to the words themselves but in creating individuals that are fluent in reading, writing, and speaking and who knows how to express themselves in a variety of different situations.
How Vocabulary Improves Social Mobility
When a child couples strong vocabulary with the ability to use words in the right order and with the correct grammar, it is clear that they are more likely to achieve better outcomes. Historically, children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are not given the same support in developing language and so go on to achieve poorly in comparison to their more affluent peers.
Schools that use a strong vocabulary toolkit are able to provide all children with the strongest starting blocks so that they can gain good results and break the cycle they have been living in. Words may seem so insignificant, but they have the power to transform lives, as explored in the EEF Early Language Development study.
What Can You Do To Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary
Putting this information into practice does not need to be hard, and parents can support vocabulary building with some quick and fun activities at home, including:
- Word games like Hangman and word searches.
- Reading a range of different materials – libraries are a great place to get access to fiction and non-fiction books as well as magazines.
- Downloading apps that provide vocabulary enrichment.
These activities do not need to take up lots of time and can provide you with quality time in which you and your child can talk, read and develop understanding in a powerful and productive way.
How Phi Tuition Can Help
Our mission at Phi Tuition is to help each child reach their full potential, and we do that by personalising our courses to meet the needs of each individual. We use strategies like vocabulary lists, glossaries, and dictionary searches to help learners become independent in their quest to progress.
We would love to talk to you about how we can help your child and arrange an initial consultation to help create a plan for your child. Call us today to arrange and let us help your child to develop their vocabulary and improve their outcomes.