By James Milton
Offers an exam of the historical past to checking out vocabulary wisdom in a moment language and particularly considers the impression that be aware frequency and lexical insurance have on studying and verbal exchange in a international language.
content material: reasons and definitions --
notice hassle, be aware frequency and acquisition : lexical profiles --
Frequency and assurance --
Measuring vocabulary breadth : passive popularity vocabulary --
Measuring different points of vocabulary breadth --
Measuring effective vocabulary wisdom --
Measuring vocabulary intensity --
Vocabulary acquisition and checks of language point --
Vocabulary acquisition and school room enter --
Vocabulary acquisition and casual language enter --
Implications for studying and educating : concept and practice.
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Offers an exam of the history to checking out vocabulary wisdom in a moment language and specifically considers the impact that note frequency and lexical assurance have on studying and verbal exchange in a overseas language. content material: motives and definitions -- observe hassle, observe frequency and acquisition : lexical profiles -- Frequency and assurance -- Measuring vocabulary breadth : passive acceptance vocabulary -- Measuring different facets of vocabulary breadth -- Measuring efficient vocabulary wisdom -- Measuring vocabulary intensity -- Vocabulary acquisition and tests of language point -- Vocabulary acquisition and school room enter -- Vocabulary acquisition and casual language enter -- Implications for studying and instructing : concept and perform.
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This may seem obvious. After all, if you know no words in the foreign language, you will not understand anything at all, while if you 48 Measuring Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition know all the words, you would hope that you would be able to access full meaning. It may not be so simple, however. As anyone who has read the great German masters of philosophy will know, it is possible to understand every individual word when reading a text and still take very little understanding from the experience.
These kinds of factors tend, as Laufer (1990: 574) points out, to be researched separately and in isolation from each other, so we have very few studies that attempt to coalesce these factors into a comprehensive picture of word learning difficulty in order that the cumulative effect of these factors can be seen. Very often too, investigations in this area are based on analyses of very small numbers of words and with a small number of students, and it is not clear how the conclusions they reach are generalisable in the process of building a whole lexicon with, potentially, many thousands of words.
For English-speaking learners of French, the word moment is identical in spelling and appearance to an L1 equivalent, but the word heure is not identical, although it is pretty similar. For the purpose of measuring this degree of similarity, a calculation has been made according to how many letters in the correct sequence occur in the target word, as a proportion of the original L1 word. MOMENT has six out of six letters in common between English and French and scores 1. 6. The assumption is being made that the more letters a word has in common, the more cognate it will be and the easier it will be.
Measuring second language vocabulary acquisition by James Milton