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ERIC Number: EJ896045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1578-7044
Frequency and Functionality: Two Keys for L2 Coursebooks
Alcaraz, Gema
International Journal of English Studies, v9 spec iss p61-72 2009
There is no doubt of the importance of vocabulary in EFL coursebooks. Yet, criteria for the selection of target words remain unclear. Frequency and functionality have been proposed as the two underpinning for selection. However, they are usually incompatible so that materials designers must opt for one or the other. The question is which one should be chosen. Despite the fact that recent corpora studies remark the importance of frequency, it seems that functionality still dominates coursebook vocabulary selection. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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