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ERIC Number: ED371606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 20
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Vocabulary Teaching: A Way To Improve Learners' Fluency.
Vianna, Jane Mello
A classroom research project in English-as-a-Second-Language vocabulary development, conducted in an English language school in Brazil, is described. The study had two major aims: to help students build a large lexicon for future use, and to encourage students to be responsible for their own learning by teaching strategies for learning vocabulary. The subjects, 12 intermediate-level students, were first asked to rate their oral performance and vocabulary, and then took a 20-item test on words they would soon encounter in their text. Based on results, activities were selected that would provide opportunities to use vocabulary items naturally for communicative purposes. These included: a game in which each student defines a word and all students are asked to match words with definitions; dictionary use exercises; a bingo game using word stems; a word exchange; description of pictures; creation of "family" groups of students, who must communicate with one another and among themselves; individual retention and study exercises; crosswords and word puzzles; and identification or matching games. Students were again asked to rate their vocabulary and oral performance, and were post-tested for vocabulary gain. Results show some gain in vocabulary and confidence, but not sufficient to fully develop student skills. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil