Vocabulary Myths Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching

ISBN-10: 0472030299

ISBN-13: 9780472030293

Edition: 2004

Authors: Keith S. Folse

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In Vocabulary Myths, Keith S. Folse breaks down the teaching of second language vocabulary into eight commonly held myths. In debunking each myth, he introduces the myth with a story based on his 25 years of teaching experience (in the United States and abroad), continues with a presentation of what empirical research has shown on the topic, and finishes with a list of what teachers can do in their classrooms to facilitate true vocabulary acquisition. The goal of Vocabulary Myths is to foster a paradigm shift that correctly views vocabulary as fundamental in any second language learning process and demonstrates that research supports this goal-that in fact there is a wealth of empirical evidence to support these views. In addition, an important theme is that teachers have overestimated how much vocabulary students really understand, and as a result, the so-called "comprehensible input" is neither comprehensible nor input. The second language vocabulary acquisition myths reexamined in this book are: " In learning another language, vocabulary is not as important as grammar or other areas. " Using word lists to learn L2 vocabulary is unproductive. " Presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning. " The use of translations to learn new vocabulary should be discouraged. " Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for learning L2 vocabulary. " The best vocabulary learners make use of one or two really specific vocabulary learning strategies. " The best dictionary for L2 learners is a monolingual dictionary. " Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover L2 vocabulary adequately.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 3/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Dr. Keith Folse is a Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of 57 textbooks on a variety of subjects from grammar to vocabulary to composition, including five best-selling books in the Great Writing series by National Geographic Learning.

An introduction to second language vocabulary
In learning another language, vocabulary is not as important as grammar or other areas
Using word lists to learn second language vocabulary is unproductive
Presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning
The use of translations to learn new vocabulary should be discouraged
Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for learning second language vocabulary
The best vocabulary learners make use of one or two really good specific vocabulary learning strategies
The best dictionary for second language learners is a monolingual dictionary
Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover second language vocabulary adequately
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