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If I have students read much and often in English, will that help them learn vocabulary?
Research indicates that the learning process is not a passive activity but an active activity. This is the same for vocabulary. Merely reading a book will add to one's vocabulary and language proficiency, but not to a significant degree. It is important to teach readers to be active in the reading process. A teacher would do well to model how to read, how to summarize, how to use context clues to discover meaning, how to use tools such as dictionaries to look up new words, and etc. The process of active learning is not innate. It needs to be taught and modeled.