ERIC Number: ED230039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Freeing the Language Learner: The How and Why of a More Powerful Vocabulary.
Hughey, Jane B.; Wormuth, Deanna R.
College and university students in English as a second language classes need to acquire an active and fairly extensive vocabulary rather quickly. Methods of learning such as analysis and memorization of word lists, word building, and dictionary use can be combined with methods of gaining vocabulary by becoming familiar with it and using it in realistic contexts. This methodology includes strategies for learning words, learning about words, and learning sensitivity to words. The strategies are lined up with the four stages of language learning, namely, mechanical skill development, transfer of pattern, true communication, and creative language use. The strategies involve development of a personal learning style, an active approach to learning, and an outgoing approach to the target language. Teaching techniques help students to acquire these strategies and develop their inference skills. Generally, this means that students must have extensive contextual practice on all levels of language proficiency and use. A model curriculum is attached which uses these strategies and methods, and which presumes the adult students' experiential base. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 15-20, 1983).