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Tutor's Challenge:
Improving Vocabulary

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How do you improve a student's vocabulary so that she/he really knows and uses words in everyday language? I have students who really don't know what words like " fantastic", "sideways", "although" or even " major" means. They are smart about other things. Words that are things you can't see like "meanwhile" are really hard to explain. "Sideways" was used in a sentence like : He went at the problem sideways.

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*Sara represents three adult literacy tutors who discussed this question with each other. They have been tutoring for varying periods of time. I tried to keep their wording and voice here. Nb