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Exploring Vocabulary

Language in Action

By Dee Gardner

Routledge – 2013 – 212 pages

Series: Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics

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Description

Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.

The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.

Vocabulary is the foundation of language and language learning and as such, knowledge of how to facilitate learners’ vocabulary growth is an indispensable teaching skill and curricular component. Exploring Vocabulary is designed to raise teachers’ and students’ awareness of the interplay between the linguistic, psychological, and instructional aspects of vocabulary acquisition. It focuses on meeting the specific vocabulary needs of English language learners in whatever instructional contexts they may be in, with a special emphasis on addressing the high-stakes needs of learners in academic settings and the workplace.

Dee Gardner also introduces a new Common Core Vocabulary, constructed from two of the most well-known and contemporary corpora of English—the British National Corpus and the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

Exploring Vocabulary is an essential book for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying vocabulary within Applied Linguistics, TESOL, or Teacher Education, as well as any teacher working with English language learners.

Reviews

‘The practice-to-theory approach, as presented here, should be greatly appreciated by both experienced vocabulary teachers and teachers in training. Practitioners will find this very readable text to contain not only insightfully selected topics and suggestions, but very accessible theoretical explanations.’

Cheryl Zimmerman, California State University, Fullerton, USA

‘Taking a multiple-perspective approach, Gardner shows the linguistic, psychological and pedagogical complexity of learning and retaining many thousands of words. This book offers obligatory, challenging, but at the same time highly accessible and practical information for L2 teachers and curriculum designers (and for teacher-researchers!), native and nonnative speakers of English. I wish I had had this book at my disposal when I began my career as L2 instructor and researcher of L2 acquisition.’

Jan Hulstijn, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contents

1. Introduction 2. The vocabulary of vocabulary 3. Core vocabulary 4. Register-specific vocabulary 5. The tasks of vocabulary learning 6. Building vocabulary knowledge 7. Conclusions

Author Bio

Dee Gardner is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Brigham Young University. He is the co-author of A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English (Routledge, 2010).

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Description: By Dee Gardner. Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as...
Categories: Lexicology/Vocabulary, Second Language Acquisition, Language and Education, English Language Teaching, English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes, Corpus Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, General Language Reference