Re: Fw: [IATEFLComputer Sig] list of 1000 commonest words in gen English
- Hello Phil
I used to teach shorthand, and Pitman was way ahead of the game compared
with the TESOL profession. There is a list of the 700 most common words,
which forms about 2/3 of most business correspondence. There is also a list
of the 2000 most common, compiled by Emily Smith (a bit shot in the
shorthand business, who was head of secretarial studies at Canberra
I have an old copy, so if it's out of print I could get it copied for you.
ISBN 0-273-36010-8. Are you going to Iatefl? I didn't go last year, but I
plan to this year. If you're to be there I can bring this list with me.
What are you doing in the uae? I thought you were in the Czech Republic. We
have bought a tiny flat in the old town in Barcelona, and I now write opera
reviews for an English paper there "Barcelona Business". I won't make my
fortune, but it's very enjoyable.
>From: Phil Brabbs <brabbs@...>_________________________________________________________________
>To: IATEFL Computer Sig <IATEFLComputerSig@yahoogroups.com>
>CC: Phil HCT Brabbs <Phil.Brabbs@...>
>Subject: Fw: [IATEFLComputer Sig] list of 1000 commonest words in gen
>Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 19:54:46 +0400
>The 1000 words initiative was something that came down from on high at work
>and I signed up to because I thought it sounded interesting. I reckon the
>ss we're teaching know a good number of the 1000 words, but the idea is to
>give them at least a passive knowledge of the lot to improve their reading
>skills in particular. We aim to give the ss activities on a weekly basis,
>do plenty of recycling and also get them using a concordancer. The team is
>currently building up its own corpus, using a lot of teaching materials at
>around a 2000 word level so that should atually be able to make sense of
>strings that the concerdancer spits out. We should have a better idea of
>its success by the summer.
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