ERIC Number: ED113972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Compte Rendu de Recherche sur le Programme Lexical. Langue Anglaise 6e et 5e (Research Report on the Lexical Program. English Language 5th and 6th).
Institut National de Recherche et de Documentation Pedagogiques, Paris (France).
This research report is concerned with establishing a minimum vocabulary of English instruction for French students at the secondary level. The approach to the investigation is based on choosing vocabulary that corresponds to the current communication needs of the students, has functional content, and takes the spoken language into account. The need for limiting the volume of the vocabulary is stressed. Two basic criteria are defined for word selection. The criterion of function and distribution considers such things as word frequency, number and kinds of contexts a word appears in, grammatical function, cultural content, and the vocabulary needed for the language learning situation. The criterion of facility in language learning considers French cognates a word may have, and a word's regularity, simplicity and semantic precision. Four methods of choosing and classifying vocabulary items are described and compared. The first appendix lists the scientific works consulted, while the second appendix provides a sample index card used in the study. The third appendix lists the English function words to be included in the vocabulary. (CLK)
Descriptors: Basic Vocabulary, English (Second Language), French, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Skills, Native Speakers, Research Methodology, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills
Institut National de Recherche et de Documentation Pedagogiques, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75 Paris 5, France (6,50F)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institut National de Recherche et de Documentation Pedagogiques, Paris (France).
Note: In French