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ERIC Number: ED418600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Designing and Testing Vocabulary Training Methods and Materials for Japanese College Students Studying English as a Foreign Language.
Loucky, John Paul
Annual Review of English Learning & Teaching, n2 1997
A study tested the English vocabulary and reading comprehension of about 1,500 Japanese college and university students and compared three different media formats for teaching vocabulary in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) in a number of Japanese college classes: commercially available and teacher-adapted computer software; traditional text-based reading and vocabulary instruction; and the audiolingual/language laboratory method. Results support the hypothesis that reading comprehension will improve in direct proportion to vocabulary knowledge and indicate differential effects of the three teaching methods. Long-term vocabulary retention was noted when one set of materials was used in all three media. The article concludes that teachers can improve vocabulary instruction by: having students practice with an intense, concentrated quantity of new essential core vocabulary, met in a broad variety of new contexts; stimulating activation of associative memory networks; maximizing active student acquisition of new words and activating passive vocabulary through maximum productive or generative use; and following the five essential steps in learning any new vocabulary. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Identifiers: Japan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (13th, Okinawa, Japan, 1997)