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It is not difficult to collect a number of statements by the experts on why we must teach vocabulary growth. Words are the tools of communication, and, words are units out of which we build all thought and philosophy. Those are the truisms of yesterday, too old to attribute to a single person, and seldom thought about in today's world. Here is a thought by an expert today—"The substrata-factor research by Holmes and Singer indicates that vocabulary deserves predominant emphasis, since it contributes 51 percent to reading speed —far more than any other first-order factor." (James I. Brown, "Increasing Reading Rate," p. 159, New Horizons in Reading, International Reading Association, 1976.)

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