Understanding Vocabulary Acquisition for ESL Students Research Paper by Mr Educator

Understanding Vocabulary Acquisition for ESL Students
A research into the best methods of teaching vocabulary to English as a second language (ESL) students, focusing on a school in Hong Kong.
# 147201 | 2,547 words | 23 sources | APA | 2009 | GB
Published on Mar 01, 2011 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Language (General) , Education (ESL)

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This paper discusses the importance of teaching vocabulary in an appropriate context to help ESL learners begin to understand the use of the item. The paper includes a literature review on the subject of language acquisition, an appendix of a lesson plan, another of a revised lesson plan and some examples of teaching aids. The teaching takes place in a school in Hong Kong.

Literature review ~ Teaching of Vocabulary
Current Research in Teaching Vocabulary
Independent Strategy Development
The Incidental Learning
Explicit Instruction
Instructional context and procedure
Students' background
Description of the unit
Description of the lesson
Stage 2 Presentation Stage
Stage 3 Production Stage
Stage 4 Conclusion / Rounding off
Analysis, discussion and evaluation

From the Paper:

''According to the Curriculum Guide (2004), the English Language curriculum in primary school aims to help learners lay a good foundation in learning English, paving the way for effective communication of knowledge, ideas, values, attitudes and experience. In communication, vocabulary is often more important than grammar. According to Schmitt (1998) vocabulary knowledge is the single most important area of second language competence regarding academic achievement. However, L2 learners always find it hard to communicate effectively because they do not know many of the words they need. As an English teacher, helping students to communicate effectively is always one of my top priorities. When designing and implementing our own school based English curriculum, lots of emphasis has been put on teaching of vocabulary. Also, we value the importance of teaching vocabulary in context. An appropriate context helps learners begin to understand the use of the item as well as its basic meaning (Davies, 2000). In this paper, I am going to use one P.4 thematic unit ~Shopping for food to specify this."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Channel, J.(1988). Psycholinguistic considerations in the study of L2 vocabulary acquisition. In R. Carter and M. McCarthy (Eds.) Vocabulary and Learning Teaching. London: Longman.
  • Chun, D., & Plass, J. (1996). Effects of multimedia annotation on vocabulary acquistion. Modern Language Journal, 80, 183-198.
  • Coady, J. (1997a). L2 vocabulary acquisition: A synthesis of the research. In J. Coady & T. Huckin (Eds.), Second language vocabulary acquisition(pp.273-290). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Coady, J. (1997b). L2 vocabulary acquisition through extensive reading. In J. Coady & T. Huckin (Eds.), Second language vocabulary acquisition(pp.225-237). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Craik, F.L.M., Lockhart, R.S. (1972). Depth of processing and the retention of words in episodic memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 104, 268-284.

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