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Intensive vocabulary learning: a case study

Fitzpatrick, Tess, Al-Qarni, Ibrahim and Meara, Paul 2008. Intensive vocabulary learning: a case study. Language Learning Journal 36 (2) , pp. 239-248. 10.1080/09571730802390759

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This paper describes a single-subject study of vocabulary acquisition. The subject, an L1 English speaker, was required to learn 300 vocabulary items in Arabic at a rate of 15 new words a day over a period of 20 days. The learning period was followed by immediate and delayed tests of receptive and productive knowledge of target items. The immediate test results indicated knowledge of almost all the target items, but this acquisition was temporary, with evident attrition of both receptive and productive knowledge in subsequent test events. The paper considers factors which might affect the uptake and retention of items, and uses a matrix analysis to make long-term projections for vocabulary acquisition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0957-1736
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 16:50

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