Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Rationale for Pedagogy

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 299 pages
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Among ordinary language learners, the acquisition of vocabulary has long been felt to be a crucial component of learning a foreign language. Second Language Vocabularly Acquisition has the goal of comparing the effectiveness of the direct learning of vocabulary (through memorization) and the indirect learning of vocabulary (through context); it encourages an appropriate balance between direct and indirect teaching of vocabulary in second language classrooms. The authors of these original articles present theoretical background, empirical research, and case studies focusing on a variety of modes of vocabulary acquisition. There is also an exploration of relevant pedagogical issues, including a description of practical strategies and techniques for teaching vocabulary.
 

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Contents

SETTING THE STAGE
1
Words
20
CASE STUDIES
53
A case study
69
Reading and vocabulary development in a second
98
EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
123
Rare words complex lexical units and the advanced
157
Vocabulary enhancement activities and reading
174
PEDAGOGY
201
L2 vocabulary acquisition through extensive
225
Teaching vocabulary
238
Pedagogical implications of the lexical
255
SUMMING UP
271
Author index
291
Subject index
297
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