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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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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 http://www.lextutor.ca/

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CORLI - Huma-Num

CORLI is a consortium of Huma - Num, an organization that helps to organize and provide ser- vices for digital humanities in France. CORLI is the consortium for linguistics and includes all aspects of linguistic research and development. As France just joined Clarin as an observer, the objective of our paper is to introduce the con- sortium CORLI to Clarin; CORLI will act as an interface between Clarin and the scientific community of linguists. The goal of CORLI is to help linguists create, use, and disseminate linguistic corpora and digital tools. CORLI has always maintained a policy of providing funding and technological help to fi- nalize and publish corpora issued from a wide range of institutional or personal rese arch pro- jects. CORLI is also involved in recommending and the circulation of guidelines related to re- search and technical practices, especially about linguistic corpora. Finally, CORLI organizes workgroups whose goal is to create and moderate networks that target tools and practices in lin- guistics. These workgroups are organised thematically around topics including metadata, for- mats, tools and practices for corpus exploration, archiving systems, multimodal practices and annotations. Their goal is to help sh owcase innovative work and trends undertaken in research labs and to finalize and disseminate current methods and practices in digital humanities re- search.
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Open Educational Resources: From Commitment to Action

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Three documents have been developed in the framework of the 2nd World OER Congress. The two documents: Open Educational Resources: From Commitment to Action and the Open Educational Resources: Global Report 2017 provide the outcomes of the six regional consultations and global surveys conducted prior to the 2nd World OER Congress. The third document, Ljubljana OER Action Plan 2017, will be the outcome document of the 2nd World OER Congress and is based on the outputs of the regional consultations, a global online consultation of the document in the months leading up to the Congress and the deliberations of the 2nd World OER Congress. All three documents are complementary and provide a framework for both understanding the current status of OER worldwide and identifying concrete actions to mainstream OER to achieve SDG4.
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Capetown Open Education Declaration

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It's been ten years since the Capetown Open Education Declaration. We're still going strong. Here are ten directions to move Open Education forward.
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European Association for International Education

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Browse the full conference programme including workshops, sessions, poster sessions, and networking events.
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TESOL International Journal: issue on vocabulary research

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Volume 12 Issue 1 2017 Download Full PDF at ELE Journals Trends in Vocabulary Research Marina Dodigovic, Stephen Jeaco, Rining Wei A New Inventory
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Resources - Materials development for online language courses

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Resources from 2016 NFLRC webinar series on online language teaching
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Review of Researching writing (Kinkead 2016)

Researching Writing is perhaps a best fit for an undergraduate research methods course in writing studies, but the text could be a natural addition to an undergraduate TESOL or second language writing theory course to support student inquiry into writing practices. Teachers also might find the text relevant for advanced writing courses for second language writers or cross-cultural composition courses that include an emphasis on inquiry.
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Journées de septembre 2017 | SAES

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Vocabulary research: TESOL International Journal 2017

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Marina Dodigovic, Stephen Jeaco, Rining Wei

A New Inventory of Vocabulary Learning Strategy for Chinese Tertiary EFL Learners
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“I Used Them Because I Had to . . .”: The Effects of Explicit Instruction of Topic-Induced Word Combinations on ESL Writers
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The Effect of Input Enhancement on Vocabulary Learning: Is There An Impact upon Receptive And Productive Knowledge?
Christian Jones, Daniel Waller

Vocabulary Teaching: Insights from Lexical Errors
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Lexical Transfer in the writing of Chinese learners of English
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Helping Language Learners Get Started with Concordancing Stephen Jeaco

Self-assigned Ranking of L2 Vocabulary
Heidi Brumbaugh, Trude Heift

Recognition Vocabulary Knowledge and Intelligence as Predictors of Academic Achievement in EFL Context
Ahmed Masrai, James Milton

Using Category Generation Tasks to Estimate Productive Vocabulary Size in a Foreign Language
Shadan Roghani,

James Milton How General is the Vocabulary in a General English Language Textbook?
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A Corpus Comparison Approach for Estimating the Vocabulary Load of Medical Textbooks Using The GSL, AWL, and EAP Science Lists
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The Commonest Speech Sounds: Prevalence Rates for Phonemes of the World

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