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ERIC Number: EJ899483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0379-0037
The Use of Componential Analysis to "Deepen" L2 Students' Lexical Competence
Perez, Beatriz Cortina
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v33 n1 p39-51 Jan-Jun 2007
Conscious of the importance of enhancing semantics at higher levels, this paper proposes the use of componential analysis to increase students' awareness of different shades of meaning (Gairns & Redman 1986). First, it briefly reviews componential analysis theory, as well as its criticisms and possible applications. Then, with the help of the "Longman Language Activator" dictionary, it describes and illustrates the design of componential analysis activities in the semantic field of "travel," which have been carried out with university students (Univ. of Granada). The authors note that these activities are part of a wider lexical online project entitled "ADELEX: Assessing and Developing Lexis through the Internet." Consequently the activities proposed in this paper would also take advantage of the virtual environment. Finally, the paper draws some conclusions and encourages language teachers to implement componential analysis in their teaching scenarios. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain