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Use of a look-up resource such as a dictionary can be of considerable use, but is best viewed as a support to other strategies. The following references introduce some of the issues. Use of a dictionary to look up unknown words, in particular, can be helpful, but depends critically on the learner.

Suggested Reading
Knight, S. (1994). Dictionary use while reading: The effects on comprehension and vocabulary acquisition for students of different verbal abilities. Modern Language Journal, 78(3), 285-299.

Nagy, W. E. (1988). Teaching vocabulary to improve reading comprehension. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Nist, S. L., & Olejnik, S. (1995). The role of context and dictionary definitions on varying levels of word knowledge. Reading Research Quarterly, 30(2), 172-193.






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