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Nation, I. S. P. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2006
This article has two goals: to report on the trialling of fourteen 1,000 word-family lists made from the British National Corpus, and to use these lists to see what vocabulary size is needed for unassisted comprehension of written and spoken English. The trialling showed that the lists were properly sequenced and there were no glaring omissions…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Databases, Computational Linguistics, Reading Comprehension
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Allen, Virginia G.; Allen, Edward D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Suggests that the activity of retelling a story in a second language reveals a student's knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and sense of story. Describes a story-telling activity with students in Spanish, levels three-five, and notes a strong relationship between language proficiency and years of study. (SED)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Evaluation Methods, Language Proficiency, Language Tests
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Lister, Anthony C. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Presents a list of vocabulary items peculiar to French Canadian news broadcasts, intended for developing listening comprehension skills. (AM)
Descriptors: Educational Media, French, Language Instruction, Listening Comprehension