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ERIC Number: EJ805427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Vocabulary Learning in an Automated Graded Reading Program
Huang, Hung-Tzu; Liou, Hsien-Chin
Language Learning & Technology, v11 n3 p64-82 Oct 2007
Adult L2 learners are often encouraged to acquire new words through reading in order to promote language proficiency. Yet preparing suitable reading texts is often a challenge for teachers because the chosen texts must have a high percentage of words familiar to specific groups of learners in order to allow the inference of word meanings from context. With the help of word lists research and advances in quantitative corpus analyses using word frequency computer programs, this study selected sixteen articles from the computer corpus of a local Chinese-English magazine and used them to construct an online English extensive reading program. A preliminary assessment of the reading program was conducted with 38 college students over twelve weeks based upon vocabulary gains from a pretest to a posttest. The results showed that learners improved their vocabulary scores after using the reading program. The online extensive reading syllabus demonstrated that such a design for a reading program is technically feasible and pedagogically beneficial and provides value in both vocabulary gains and learner satisfaction. (Contains 11 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A