ERIC Number: ED388103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Teaching Vocabulary: 8 Faces of a Word.
Dimensions of word meaning are examined, and a framework for describing and teaching Chinese words in the context of Chinese second language instruction is offered. It is argued that every word has limitations of usage that must be understood before it can be used appropriately. The limitations, or dimensions, include these: connotative (emotional and evaluative aspects of meaning); geographic (place-specific); grammatical (syntactic); historical (meaning change over time); age (use by individuals of a specific age); professional (registers or varieties defined by topic and context); stylistic; and collocation. It is proposed that: instructional materials be developed with these dimensions in mind; this information be used in training teachers in the nature of vocabulary learning; teachers use these dimensions as a checklist in teaching vocabulary; dictionary compilation reflect these factors, to reduce ambiguity; and the dimensions be used to develop tests that assess both breadth and depth of vocabulary knowledge. Contains nine references in English and two in Chinese. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Based on a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (Washington, DC, 1991).