The Campus School at Western Michigan University recently has been experimenting with the Language-Master Machine as a means of developing initial reading vocabularies with children in the first grade. Realizing that the act of learning to read is unnecessarily complicated when the pupil is asked to deal with printed word symbols whose meaning and sound are foreign or uninteresting to him, the objective here is to identify a personalized reading vocabulary from the actual speaking vocabulary of each individual child. It is hypothesized that such a personalized vocabulary should be an even more effectual device for beginning reading instruction than the basal text which usually offers a controlled vocabulary designed for a specific cultural or socio-economic group.
Fraser, D. W., & Bosma, R. (1967). Personalizing the Development of Initial Reading Vocabulary at the Campus School Western Michigan University. Reading Horizons, 7 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol7/iss3/5