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Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching

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ISBN: 9780472030293
Author(s): Keith S. Folse
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: University of Michigan Press ELT
Dimensions: 153 x 230 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 200

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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 a
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