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Can explaining less be more? Enhancing vocabulary through explicit versus elaborative storytelling

Vaahtoranta, Enni ; Suggate, Sebastian ; Jachmann, Cornelia ; Lenhart, Jan ; Lenhard, Wolfgang


Shared reading represents an established practice to foster preschool vocabulary development, particularly when coupled with explicit instruction in word meanings. However, a question remains as to whether explicit word definitions detract from story delivery and hence language learning. Accordingly, this study compared explicit versus story-focused, elaborative storytelling in a 2 x 2 ...


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