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Vocabulary learning: what the research says

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I’ve just read Peter Yongqi Gu (2003)Vocabulary Learning in a Second Language: Person, Task, Context and Strategies Here are a few interesting points which emerge. All references can be found at th...
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 23, 2015 4:02 AM

Old-fashioned dictionary work, memorisation of translation pairs still have their place, research shows.  But other activities (and more research) are needed to go beyond word recognition to appropriate use.

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The power of noticing in second language acquisition

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"What is attention, and what role does it play in foreign language learning? That’s the question that this little language note will explore," says Gavin, graduate students in a language-related field at the University of Hawai'i.  

 

After reviewing some of the research on noticing in second language acquisition (Schmidt) and examining four key ideas, he concludes:

"Learning another language exercises our attention brain muscles. And learning to achieve a higher quality of attention in our daily life through daily language exercise can’t be a bad thing…right?"

 

Interesting as an argument to encourage language learners, but also for information about the key concept of noticing (which I have written about here http://bit.ly/pSSoVt).

 

More language notes of this type, plus more academic resources on Gavin's Leaky Grammar blog.

 

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