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ERIC Number: EJ923457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Using VOA Special English to Improve Advanced English Learners' Productive Use of High Frequency Words
Nan, Yao; Mingfang, Zuo
English Teaching Forum, v47 n3 p26-31, 37 2009
In China many non-English majors, who often score high on English exams that emphasize reading comprehension and grammar, have difficulty finding the English words they need to express their ideas in speaking and writing. This problem is not unusual, and it is often difficult for students to use their receptive reading and listening vocabulary for the productive skills of speaking and writing (Nation 2001b). Although students do display individual differences when it comes to vocabulary acquisition and use, they generally find it a great challenge to sufficiently master the spelling, pronunciation, and comprehension of words in their second language. This article discusses a method to deal with this obstacle to language production and illustrates how to use the Voice of America (VOA) Special English program to increase advanced students' vocabulary and improve their spoken and written skills.
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China