Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Rationale for Pedagogy

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521567640
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 572,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Series editors' preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Historical trends in second language vocabulary instruction 5
Ch. 2 The lexical plight in second language reading: Words you don't know, words you think you know, and words you can't guess 20
Ch. 3 Orthographic knowledge in L2 lexical processing: A cross-linguistic perspective 35
Ch. 4 Vocabulary and comprehension: Two portraits 55
Ch. 5 Oral production of vocabulary: A case study 69
Ch. 6 Reading and vocabulary development in a second language: A case study 98
Ch. 7 Tracking the acquisition of L2 vocabulary: The Keki language experiment 125
Ch. 8 Rare words, complex lexical units and the advanced learner 157
Ch. 9 Vocabulary enhancement activities and reading for meaning in second language vocabulary acquisition 174
Ch. 10 Mnemonic methods in foreign language vocabulary learning: Theoretical considerations and pedagogical implications 203
Ch. 11 L2 vocabulary acquisition through extensive reading 225
Ch. 12 Teaching vocabulary 238
Ch. 13 Pedagogical implications of the lexical approach 255
Ch. 14 L2 vocabulary acquisition: A synthesis of the research 273
Author index 291
Subject index 297
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