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Vocabulary Myth

Myth 5: Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for learning second language vocabulary.

Using context clues is a reading-improvement strategy but not a vocabulary-improvement strategy. Students often guess the wrong meaning from context and don’t verify their assumption. As good readers, they focus on the general meaning of the passage instead of the meaning of every word, meaning that they ignore new vocabulary words in the passage. At best, students may partially and passively pick up on the meaning of a word from context. This does not lead to retention of that word. Even if learners look it up in the dictionary, the might not retain it. Teachers must call students’ attention to the words in the passage and explicitly teach them the correct meaning. Students will remember the new word by 1) paying attention to words deemed important, 2) marking down new words, and 3) reviewing new vocabulary regularly. Exercises that ask students to guess word meanings from context should be done in class so that the teacher can give immediate feedback.


5 K Run - Walk for Refugees


The 5k Run Run/Walk will return to Liberty Park in conjunction with the World Refugee Day Festival on Saturday, June 7th.

The race starts promptly at 9:00 am, registration and bib pick up opens at 8:00 am.

Please register and pay for your bib by May 20th to reserve your custom race tee shirt!

As always, all proceeds benefit programs for refugee youth from Burma.

If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring the 2014 Run for Refugees, please visit this website.



Did you know that 64.5 million, or 26.5% of American volunteered for a nonprofit organization in 2011, donating approximately 7.9 billion hours of service worth nearly $175 billion. This week we would like to give a shout out to our wonderfully dedicated volunteers who serve on our Board and teach in our classes, as they have and continue to contribute to America's success. Today we celebrate you!


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