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ERIC Number: EJ887877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Vocabulary Learning through Reading: Does an ELT Course Book Provide Good Opportunities?
Matsuoka, Warren; Hirsh, David
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 n1 p56-70 Apr 2010
This study investigates the vocabulary learning opportunities in an ELT course book designed for upper-intermediate learners. All the words appearing in the 12 chapters of the text were analyzed. The results suggest that the text would provide opportunities to deepen knowledge of the second 1,000 most frequent words in English, and would provide a context for pre-teaching of academic words met in the text for learners on an academic pathway. The results also suggest that the text would provide minimal opportunities for learners to develop vocabulary knowledge beyond high frequency and academic words. The findings demonstrate a need to supplement use of such texts with an extensive reading program and other forms of language rich input to promote vocabulary development. (Contains 5 tables.)
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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