Questions about vocabulary development in the context of academic EF
- 5. How many *words a week* are feasable to ask academic ESL students to
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.""
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 ....