As we, in the Midland Speech Department, continue to strive to enhance our students’ communication skills, we focus on establishing and building on CORE VOCABULARY. Defined by Cross, Baker, Klotz & Badman in 1997, “Core vocabulary is a small set of simple words, in any language, that is used frequently and across contexts.” These words cover all parts of speech. They are familiar, usually short, and make up 80% or more of everyday language. Core words can easily be combined to form simple sentences, and they provide a foundation for teaching language, especially for children with disabilities. Development of and access to core vocabulary is essential for verbal as well as augmented communicators. Because they occur so frequently in our language, core words can be reviewed and reinforced in many language settings. Throughout this school year, our webpage will focus on targeted core words with some common and popular books as a way to enhance language and literacy skills.
Please follow our subsequent webpages for recommended books and related language activities to reinforce targeted core vocabulary during reading time at home. Let’s make language and reading lots of fun!