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ERIC Number: EJ1020005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
Bridging the Vocabulary Gap for EFL Medical Undergraduates: The Establishment of a Medical Word List
Hsu, Wenhua
Language Teaching Research, v17 n4 p454-484 Oct 2013
This study created a medical word list (MWL) to bridge the gap between non-technical and technical vocabulary. The researcher compiled a corpus containing 155 textbooks across 31 medical subject areas from e-book databases (totaling 15 million running words) and examined the range and frequency of words outside the most frequent 3,000-word families along the British National Corpus scale. To reach 98% lexical coverage for adequate comprehension of medical texts, 595 of the most frequently-occurring word families in the corpus were ultimately chosen and formed the MWL, and these accounted for 10.72% of the tokens in the medical textbooks under study. Excluding highly-specialized medical terms of Greek/Latin sources, the MWL encompasses various sub-technical and lay-technical vocabularies. It is suggested that with the help of free online concordancers, medical teachers can raise their students' awareness of the commonly-used medical words reported in this study by incorporating concordance data into teaching materials, thereby consolidating the vocabulary knowledge acquired from the MWL. For medical novices, the present MWL provides a window to the medical register.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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