Seizing the Sounds: Considering Phonological Awareness in the Context of Vocabulary Instruction

  • Carolyn H. Strom
  • Susan B. NeumanEmail author
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 13)


In this chapter, we call attention to vocabulary’s role in the development of students’ phonological awareness skills. First, we will consider how oral language and phonological development are related to each other, as a part of Lexical Restructuring Theory. Then, we present classroom-based research, which examines beginning readers’ phono-semantic errors, highlighting the significance of both the phonological and semantic properties of words. Further, we consider how educators can use this knowledge to improve instruction for students.


Vocabulary instruction Phonological awareness Semantic development Lexical Restructuring Theory Phono-semantic errors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Teaching and LearningNYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentNew YorkUSA

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