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Summary

As teachers grapple with the challenge of a new, bigger and more challenging school curriculum, at every key stage and phase, success can feel beyond our reach. But what if there were 50,000 small solutions to help us bridge that gap?

In Closing the Vocabulary Gap, the author explores the increased demands of an academic curriculum and how closing the vocabulary gap between our ‘word poor’ and ‘word rich’ students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success.

This must-listen audiobook presents the case for teacher-led efforts to develop students' vocabulary and provides practical solutions for teachers across the curriculum, incorporating easy-to-use tools, resources and classroom activities.

©2018 Alex Quigley (P)2019 Taylor & Francis

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Excellent book but may work better as a paper copy

Most parts worked really well as an audiobook, but there are quite a few lists, e.g. an extensive one of common spelling errors. These parts didn’t work so well and made me wish I’d gotten the physical book. Aside from format, though, this is an invaluable read for anyone working in education.

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Great advice and guidance

Brilliant advice and guidance to support the teaching community to delivery quality vocabulary education.

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Fresh, relevant and fascinating

A great book for all teachers regardless of subject speciality. If you weren't convinced of the need for explicit vocabulary instruction before you will be by the end!

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very informative

This book is very informative, as well as motivating for teachers who really want to make a difference for word poor children. It offers many resources and research based evidence on the topic of word hoard development.

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New & valid consideration for teacher development

Entered this a little sceptical about how this would relate to teaching my subject, but was very quickly reassured. high quality content covering important ideas that apply across the whole curriculum.

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Not a good book for audio

Lots of lists and examples which didn’t work so well over audiobook. Although it is nice to have some academic books on audible. I think an accompanying material would have helped on a pdf

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Insightful

I purchased this book with the intention of using its advice to "close the vocabulary gap" in Chinese Mandarin, it was extremely helpful and changed my approach vastly. It's also read extremely well I was able to read it at 2.30x despite this the quality of the readers performance never took a hit. I'll come back to this later in the year so much great content.

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Excellent introduction to teaching vocabulary

Useful short guide to teaching vocabulary however the lack of references in the audiobook form maybe an issue for teachers wanting to read further into the supporting literature.