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Colour of Words: Part 4: vocabulary explosion 



How does knowing that words have ‘colour’ according to their frequency help teach a language? Just because there are common words, does it mean that these are essential? In fact, isn’t it a case for just the opposite? Shouldn’t we rather teach students the really difficult and unusual words instead? After all, the students will just automatically learn the common words, won’t they? There is no need to focus on these words…everyone knows them, don’t they? Well…let’s just take a look at how important these ‘common’ words are to children when they learn their native language.

 

 
 
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Slide 1: The Colour of Words Steve Neufeld
Slide 2: How essential is common?
Slide 3: Lexis How essential is common? • Can’t these common words just be ‘picked’ up because they are common? • Is there any benefit in systematically learning the most common words in English? The Colour of Words Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 3
Slide 4: The vocabulary explosion learning vocabulary as a child
Slide 5: Lexis Vocabulary ‘explosion’ • children begin learning only 1-2 words a week • at around 14 months, children experience an acceleration in word learning. The Colour of Words Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 5
Slide 6: Lexis Vocabulary ‘explosion’ The Colour of Words Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 6
Slide 7: Lexis Mathematical model • Words are learned in parallel – children can build partial representations for many words at the same time The Colour of Words • Words vary in difficulty. – there are relatively few easy words, and a greater number of moderate or difficult ones. Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 7
Slide 8: Bob McMurray – Science 8/3/2007 Lexis The Colour of Words Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 8
Slide 9: Vocabulary explosion in L2?
Slide 10: Lexis Vocabulary explosion in L2? • BNL2709 pilot projects • Freshman university students • Oxford Bookworms level test • Yes/No vocabulary test (2K, 5K and 10K) The Colour of Words Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 10
Slide 11: Vocabulary explosion in L2 Oxford Bookworm Stage placement Lexis 6 5 4 The Colour of Words Series1 3 2 1 0 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Words known (YES/NO - adjusted for guessing) Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 11
Slide 12: Vocabulary explosion in L2 Oxford Bookworm Stage placement Lexis 6 5 4 The Colour of Words Series1 3 2 1 0 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Words known (YES/NO - adjusted for guessing) Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 12
Slide 13: Vocabulary explosion in L2 Oxford Bookworm Stage placement Lexis 6 5 4 The Colour of Words Series1 3 2 1 0 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Words known (YES/NO - adjusted for guessing) Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 13
Slide 14: Vocabulary explosion in L2 Oxford Bookworm Stage placement Lexis 6 5 4 The Colour of Words Series1 3 2 1 0 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Words known (YES/NO - adjusted for guessing) Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 14
Slide 15: Vocabulary explosion in L2 Oxford Bookworm Stage placement Lexis 6 5 4 Series1 3 Vocabulary explosion The Colour of Words 2 1 0 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Words known (YES/NO - adjusted for guessing) Pearson/Longman Conference May 2008 15

   
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