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ERIC Number: ED412758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Acquisition of Basic Vocabulary by College-Age Japanese Students in an Intensive EAP Program.
Ito, Tae; Bauman, John
A study investigated the rate of vocabulary acquisition in English-Japanese word pairs among college-age Japanese learners in a classroom situation. Subjects were 41 students in an intensive program of English for academic purposes. Three groups of students were given word pair lists of different lengths, and guided in studying them over a period of 6 weeks. Vocabulary development was assessed using quizzes asking for Japanese translations of English words. A total of 1,000 high-frequency English words were used. Forty-word pre- and posttests were used to extrapolate the number of words students learned over the period of the study. Results indicate the group given the longest list of words (1,000) raised their scores by an average of 5.8 words out of 40; the class given only 850 words gained 5.0 words; the class given 700 word to learn gained 9.2 words. When tested on the entire 1,000 words, the 1,000-word class gained the most over the 6 weeks; the 850-word group gained less, and the 700-word group gained the least. However, from statistical analyses it is concluded that all classes learned about the same number of words; the size of the word list presented to the students did not affect the number of words learned. (Contains 10 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A