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Academic Word List: vocabulary exercises for EFL/ESL learners

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Vocabulary Exercises for the AWL


This site now contains 285 gap-fill exercises to review and recycle the general word families contained within the AWL. These exercises can be found on each Sublist page. Gap-fill exercises are an excellent way to recycle vocabulary through different contexts and can be used to broaden the student's understanding of the range of meaning of vocabulary. The online format of the exercises allows students to get immediate feedback on their answers. Students can work throughfive different exercises for each word family in the AWL. Many of these exercises include different derivations (parts of speech) for the given word. Students are encouraged to complete the exercises for a given level before proceeding to the next level.

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COURS PARTICULIERS's curator insight, February 17, 2013 3:27 AM

Anglais : exercices pour revoir et apprendre du vocabulaire

Miguel Ángel García's comment, February 17, 2013 4:21 AM
IT is a really good site to learn vocabulary. Different levels!
Ellen Johnston's curator insight, March 6, 9:14 PM

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Research into practice: Vocabulary (Nation, 2011)

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This article is a personal view of the application of research on vocabulary to teaching and how there are three different types or categories of relationship between that research and the teaching to which it is applied: first, where the research is not applied or not applied well, second, where it is reasonably well applied, and third, where it is over-applied. For each of these three categories, I look at what I consider to be the most important areas of research and suggest why they fit into that category. The topics covered include planning vocabulary courses, distinguishing high frequency and low frequency words, extensive reading, the deliberate learning of vocabulary, academic vocabulary and vocabulary teaching.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:53 AM

Here are my bullet points from reading this article which summarises recent research into L2 vocabulary acquisition for language teachers.


- there two types of vocabulary: high frequency and low frequency (Zipf's law - there is no middle ground).  ESL learners need to meet high frequency words often, and learn strategies to tackle low frequency words


- extensive (rather than intensive) reading with graded readers works for high frequency words; learners can be encouraged in this if initial class time is devoted to a "proper extensive reading program" (p. 532)


- bilingual word cards - "deliberate decontextualised rote learning of vocabulary" - is effective for long-term learning and acquisition of implicit knowledge (p. 533)  though should be viewed as a "support" rather than an "alternative to communicative learning"


- although deliberate learning is effective, deliberate teaching does not mean deliberate learning - studies often show less than half of taught words were learned via vocabulary exercises


Nation recommends paying attention to vocabulary learning via extensive graded reading and independent learning with bilingual word cards, rather than devoting class time to intensive reading and vocabulary exercises.


He recommends this research paper:

Elgort, I. (2011). Deliberate learning and vocabulary acquisition in a second language. Language Learning, 61.2, 367–413.


and this website: The Compleat Lexical Tutor