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Incidental vocabulary acquisition from listening to stories: a comparison between read-aloud and free storytelling approaches

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


Shared-book reading is a well-established intervention to foster vocabulary development. Factors influencing its effectiveness are, however, less well studied, particularly with regard to story-delivery. We contrasted a read-aloud with a free storytelling approach and tested effects on vocabulary learning. In the first study, 83 preschoolers aged three to six were told six stories in a ...


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