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ERIC Number: ED403770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Vocabulary Acquisition in an Academic Discipline: ESL Learners and Theology.
Lessard-Clouston, Michael
A study investigated and compared the acquisition of specialized vocabulary among English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and native English-speaking (NES) graduate students in theology. Research was undertaken in an anglophone city in central Canada. Subjects were 12 students (5 Chinese ESLs, 7 NESs) enrolled in an introductory core theology course. A list of over 100 specialized theological terms was compiled from previous students' class notes, class handouts, and four texts to be used in the course, and a vocabulary test was developed. The test asked examinees to identify, from a list, terms that were theology-related, and to rate their level of familiarity with a list of terms. Participating students were tested at the beginning and end of the term. Subtest scores for all 12 subjects are charted. Results show that both ESLs and NESs began their study at the institution with considerable breadth of knowledge of specialized theological vocabulary, and that all but one had increased that knowledge. ESLs began study with less breadth and depth than their NES counterparts; the gap in breadth closed by the end of the course, but the discrepancy in vocabulary depth increased. Individual students' progress is discussed. The test is appended. Contains 64 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada