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Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research


Edited By David Hirsh

Reflecting growth in research interest in second language vocabulary over the past 30 years, this edited volume explores the current themes and possible future directions in second language vocabulary research. The collection brings together review papers and quantitative studies, and considers vocabulary in the contexts of teaching, learning and assessment. Key themes explored in the volume include multidimensionality of vocabulary knowledge, the nature of word learnability, the interface between receptive vocabulary knowledge and productive vocabulary use, the partial-to-precise continuum of vocabulary knowledge, conditions favouring vocabulary learning and use, and the use of corpora to develop word lists to inform second language teaching. The themes presented in this volume reflect current thinking and research avenues at the interface between research enquiry and second language teaching practice.


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Notes on Contributors DAVID HIRSH is senior lecturer in TESOL at the University of Sydney, teaching on the Master of Education (TESOL) program and supervising doctoral students in the areas of vocabulary studies, and language and culture. His own research focuses on vocabulary development, aca- demic adjustment, and indigenous language revitalization. He has pub- lished in Reading in a Foreign Language and Revue Française de Lin- guistique Appliquée, and in the volumes Teaching Academic Writing: An introduction for teachers of second language writers (2009) and Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2010). David Hirsh is co-editor of University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. YU-TSE LEE conducted postgraduate research in the Faculty of Educa- tion and Social Work, University of Sydney in 2010. He previously taught English as a Foreign Language at high school level in Taiwan. He has a research interest in factors affecting foreign language vo- cabulary acquisition. The research reported in this volume was under- taken as part of his Dissertation. CHEN-CHUN LIN completed her Master of Education (TESOL and Languages) degree in 2010 and commenced her PhD in 2011 in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Her current PhD research interests include L2 word learnability focusing on written form, the nature of orthographical knowledge, orthographic distance between languages and cross-language transfer, the nature of morphological knowledge, and the effect of word length on vocabu- lary acquisition. WARREN MATSUOKA is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education and...

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