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Questions about vocabulary development in the context of academic EF

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  • Dave
    5. How many *words a week* are feasable to ask academic ESL students to learn? This is the AWL- Academic Word List made by one Avery Coxhead. The 570 words
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      5. How many *words a week* are feasable to ask academic ESL students to
      learn?

      This is the AWL- Academic Word List made by one Avery Coxhead.

      ""The 570 words are divided into 10 sublists. The sublists are ordered
      such that the words in the first sublist are the most frequent words and
      those in the last sublist are the least frequent.""
      http://simple.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Academic_word_list

      I used it in Macau, high school kids expecting to head abroad to a
      reasonable uni. Gave them an A4 page, about 25/30 words down the left hand
      margin - "Write a sentence illustrating the meaning of each word.""
      They did pretty well. They had had a foreign English teacher the previous
      2 years and were bright.

      If you wanted to incorporate speaking in this, get them to read each
      other's work in pairs while you prowl and listen, corrections perhaps
      later to whole class. You could also turn that into a dictation/listening
      exercise :-) for at least some of the sentences.

      We did try getting them to write a story using the 25/30 words but that
      didn't really work.

      She also mentions a ""the most frequent 2000 words of English (the General
      Service List)"" but anyone looking a uni shouldn't need them.

      Of course this does give you some extra marking ....

      cheers
      Dave Nevin
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