ERIC Number: ED462001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
English Vocabulary: Tests and Tasks.
This paper discusses the amount of vocabulary required by students learning in a second language to comprehend academic texts, explaining that a wide vocabulary is essential for reading comprehension and for speaking and writing clearly. It highlights an assessment of the vocabulary levels of students entering Hong Kong University, which found that most incoming students had insufficient English vocabulary to read academic texts effectively. It describes a Web site developed to help students increase their vocabularies. The site allows students to work at their own pace, selecting their areas of need. It is based on materials written for an elective vocabulary building course held during a summer institute within the English department of the university. It allows students to view video clips, access sound and a customized glossary, assess their learning, check their progress, and participate in bulletin board discussions. Four sessions focus on psycholinguistic principles of vocabulary learning, pronunciation of new words, morphology, and guessing unfamiliar words from context. The paper describes the development of a resource for learners of economics and financial terminology and outlines a further computer-based research project that identifies types of tasks that are most effective in vocabulary learning. (Contains 19 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hong Kong Univ.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong