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Colour of Words: Part 8: Keywords and Concordances

Colour of Words: Part 8: Keywords and Concordances

Let’s take a look at some other simple tools teachers can use to shed new light on the lexical elements of texts. We’ll explore two other text analysis tools—’keyness’ (keyword extractor) and concordances.


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Colour of Words: Part 2: lists vs dictionaries

Colour of Words: Part 2: lists vs dictionaries

We’ve looked at how we can find and identify the commonly used words in English, and why these words are essential to know. But, why use word lists? Why can’t we just use a dictionary? Well, there is an important difference between a word list and a dictionary.


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Colour of Words: Part 5: fast mapping

Colour of Words: Part 5: fast mapping

The fact that words have colour can help us understand some of the mechanisms behind vocabulary acquisition. Fast mapping is one mechanism that contributes to the vocabulary explosion—based purely on the mathematical model.


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Colour of Words: Part 6:  Beyond Black & White

Colour of Words: Part 6: Beyond Black & White

Looking at texts to see the colour of words needs some training. How can we look at lexis in a different light? How can we go beyond the printed page – the two-dimensional black and white world of words.


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Colour of Words: Part 3: the context paradox

Colour of Words: Part 3: the context paradox

Most teachers have been indoctrinated to believe that the only way to teach vocabulary is in context. The trouble with that argument is that you need to know the context before you can learn from it…i.e. you need to know quite a few words before you can learn more words. Researchers in applied linguistics have shown that the reader needs to know at least 9 out of 10 words to have a reasonable chance at guessing the unknown word. More recent research suggests that the readers needs to know at least 19 out or 20 words in a text for that text to be usable for instruction.


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