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ERIC Number: ED427512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Suggestions for Improving ESL/EFL Vocabulary Instruction.
Loucky, John Paul
Seinan Jogakuin Junior College Bulletin, n45 p1-12 1998
Suggestions are offered for teaching vocabulary in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)/English-as-a-foreign-Language (EFL) instruction. Five components in vocabulary development are seen as crucial: meeting vocabulary for the first time; establishing previously-encountered vocabulary; enriching previously-met vocabulary; developing word-decoding and recognition skills; and developing fluency with known vocabulary. Each of these is elaborated upon, with examples drawn from experience with Japanese learners of English. A list of questions to be asked in evaluating computer software for vocabulary development is presented. Questions address such issues as cost, evidence of effectiveness, instructional level(s) and language skills targeted, volume and variety of activities or exercises, integration of communication skills and multiple sensory input (multimedia capabilities), means and speed of student evaluation, printing capabilities, access via local area network, and general student response to computer-assisted instruction. Desirable features of English vocabulary instruction are outlined briefly. A chart and a form for evaluating software are included. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A