Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TV and Vocabulary

Question: Does TV help children expand vocabulary?

Answer: “Found that television helped children learn new words.” ML Rice and L Woodsmall. 1986. P. 437.

Comment: It all hinges on the word “learn.” Since the words are spoken, there is no spelling and no dictionary is available, so the words must be presented in context. I can understand learning new words from comic strips, but I’m dubious about TV. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1987), 422-443.

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