Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy

Vocabulary: Description, Acquisition and Pedagogy

by Norbert Schmitt
     
 

This volume examines the area of second language vocabulary studies from three broad perspectives: description, acquisition and pedagogical context. The book's fifteen chapters are grouped together to achieve a balance between descriptions of what vocabulary is and how it behaves, how the mind learns new vocabulary and then uses it when it is learned, and

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This volume examines the area of second language vocabulary studies from three broad perspectives: description, acquisition and pedagogical context. The book's fifteen chapters are grouped together to achieve a balance between descriptions of what vocabulary is and how it behaves, how the mind learns new vocabulary and then uses it when it is learned, and pedagogical issues of teaching and testing L2 vocabulary. Some of the specific topics addressed in these three general areas include: - word frequency and vocabulary size, multi-word units, variation between spoken and written language; - models of lexical acquisition, first language influences on second language vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary learning strategies; - vocabulary and the syllabus, trends in teaching and testing vocabulary, lexical reference sources.

Editorial Reviews

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'There is much food for thought throughout, practising language teachers will undoubtedly find Section Three of most immediate value. This book is a worthwhile addition to the Cambridge Language Teaching Library and will attract a wide readership among vocabulary researchers and language teachers.' EA Journal

'This collection provides a thought provoking and valuable update on the state of vocabulary as it is currently viewed and is an important contribution to the field.' NZ Studies in Applied Linguistics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521585514
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Cambridge Language Teaching Library Series
Pages:
393
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

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From the Publisher
'There is much food for thought throughout, practising language teachers will undoubtedly find Section Three of most immediate value. This book is a worthwhile addition to the Cambridge Language Teaching Library and will attract a wide readership among vocabulary researchers and language teachers.' EA Journal

'This collection provides a thought provoking and valuable update on the state of vocabulary as it is currently viewed and is an important contribution to the field.' NZ Studies in Applied Linguistics

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