Effective Teaching of Second Language Vocabulary
GRIN Verlag, Sep 26, 2007 - 28 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,0 (A), University of Heidelberg, course: Second Language Acquisition, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Interest in second language vocabulary (SLV) significantly increased in the late 1980s and a considerable number of books concerning themselves with it have been published since then. On the other hand, despite this changed condition, curricula in schools are still considering teaching vocabulary a marginal subject: It is scarcely an issue itself and quite often only mentioned casually when dealing with subjects that are thought to be more demanding and important. However, vocabulary is indeed both demanding and important. Thus, SLV research must not become a playground of linguists with little or no effect on the 'real world', which - from a teacher's point of view - is the classroom. The findings of research can make teachers aware of important aspects of vocabulary and help them to impart these aspects in school. Therefore, this paper will take into account what SLV research is actually good for in school routine. A glance at the desired aims and possible restrictions of vocabulary teaching will provide the basis for a further examination of both the implicit and explicit approach, as well as the grey area in between.
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14 master words acquire vocabulary advanced students adverb akademische Texte apt texts Carter chunks of language Classroom activities focusing clues in context Coady collocations concept deep processing disadvantages English Words explicit instruction explicit SLV instruction extensive reading Fa▀bender Effective Teaching Fluency frequent glossing GRIN Verlag group of words guessed correctly idiom implicit approach implicit learning input institutionalised utterances instruction of SLV knowing a word L1 equivalent L1 language system L1 speakers L2 learners L2 students Learning vocabulary Mind maps ML dictionaries multiword phrases myriad of encounters Nation and Waring native speakers matter-of-factly noun number of words optimise word lists polywords productive knowledge RenÚ Fa▀bender Effective Rudiments and Aims Schmitt & McCarthy Second Language Vocabulary single words SLV research S÷kmen stirrup target words Example Teaching of Second teaching SLV explicitly text coverage types of word unknown word usage of target verb Webster’s word families word form word inference skills word knowledge word relations