Friday, 8 December 2017

Reading for Pleasure increases vocabulary regardless of background

Research by the UCL Institute of Education (IoE), has revealed that teenagers who read for pleasure on a regular basis have a better vocabulary than those who never read. 

11,000 14-year olds were given word exercises and even taking into account factors such as parents’ qualifications and profession, teenagers who read every day understood 26% more words than those who do not read in their spare time.  

According to lead author, Dr Alice Sullivan, “the link between reading for pleasure and better vocabularies suggests that if young people are encouraged to discover a love for books, it could alter the course of their lives, regardless of their background.”

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