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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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Plurilinguisme et enseignement supérieur : un colloque sur la gouvernance linguistique des universités et établissements d’enseignement supérieur

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BUSCILA: Association des sciences du langage

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Teachers’ Perspectives on Second Language Task Difficulty

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Appel à communications : Colloque international-Webinaire Innovation pédagogique, numérique et apprentissage des langues - 21 mai 2018

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Le colloque bénéficiera de l'intervention de 7 conférenciers invités de 5 pays différents - Belgique, Espagne, Irlande, Mexique et France - figures reconnues de l'innovation pédagogique et du numérique. La rencontre accueillera, à côté de conférences invitées, des communications sélectionnées par un comité scientifique constitué par notre partenaire scientifique Alsic. Les auteurs des communications retenues pourront intervenir à distance, sans nécessité pour eux d'être présents à Besançon. Date limite pour la soumission des propositions de communication : 21 mai 2018

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HEP VAUD | Colloque ADLES - Actu HEP - Actualités et agenda

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Participation, Equity, and Inclusion: L2 Digital Literacies Symposium

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Participation, a long-standing assessment category on language syllabi, has found a new conceptual life over the last few decades as digital literacies practices have become a part of everyday life and learning. This symposium aims to contribute to discussions of the role of digital literacies in second language learning and teaching and biliteracy development, by considering the ways in which technologically-mediated communication can enable new forms of participation and access, but also the ways in which participation in digital spaces is rarely full and equitable, but is more often than not fraught with questions of legitimacy and symbolic power.

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