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Strategies for an Effective Reading Process: Vocabulary Building

Building vocabulary important to a discipline helps students engage with the reading and improves their reading comprehension. Faculty can use the following strategies to help students identify important words, determine their meaning in context and/or through a reference, and then recall the concepts for later use.

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Creating a Cloze activity

Reading context clues

Creating graphic organizers

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Analyzing word structure

Repeating exposure

Using a dictionary

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Using a process: circle, reflect, define