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Strategies for Teaching Core Vocabulary Throughout the School Day What do we say when we speak? Do you ever think about which words you use the most? How can taking into account frequency of use help us to teach meaningful communication? Research shows that 80% of what we say is communicated with only the 200 most basic words in our language. (Baker & Hill, 2000) These word types are known as core vocabulary. They are the words we use across contexts throughout the day. Examples of these types of words include: want, need, see, have, use, no, off, done, listen …