Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary.
Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school.
According to academics, four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning.
Many teachers from the 800 secondaries involved in the Oxford University Press research say the problem is worsening.
They blame the “word gap” on too little reading for pleasure.
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