Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing

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Word lists lie at the heart of good vocabulary course design, the development of graded materials for extensive listening and extensive reading, research on vocabulary load, and vocabulary test development. This book has been written for vocabulary researchers and curriculum designers to describe the factors they need to consider when they create frequency-based word lists. These include the purpose for which the word list is to be used, the design of the corpus from which the list will be made, the unit of counting, and what should and should not be counted as words. The book draws on research to show the current state of knowledge of these factors and provides very practical guidelines for making word lists for language teaching and testing. The writer is well known for his work in the teaching and learning of vocabulary and in the creation of word lists and vocabulary size tests based on word lists.
[Not in series, 208]  2016.  xiv, 210 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
xi–xiv
Section 1: The uses of word lists
Chapter 1: Word lists
3–13
Section 2: Deciding what to count as words
15–22
Chapter 2: Types, lemmas, word families
23–39
Chapter 3: Homoforms and polysemes
I.S.P. Nation and Parent
41–53
Chapter 4: Proper names
I.S.P. Nation and Polina Kobeleva
55–64
Chapter 5: Hyphenated words and transparent compounds
65–70
Chapter 6: Multiword units
I.S.P. Nation, Shin and Lynn E. Grant
71–79
Chapter 7: Marginal words and foreign words
81–83
Chapter 8: Acronyms
85–87
Chapter 9: Function words
89–92
Section 3: Choosing and preparing the corpus
Chapter 10: Corpus selection and design
I.S.P. Nation and Sorell
95–105
Chapter 11: Preparation for making word lists
107–110
Section 4: Making the lists
Chapter 12: Taking account of your purpose
113–130
Chapter 13: Critiquing a word list: the BNC/COCA lists
131–143
Chapter 14: Specialized word lists
I.S.P. Nation, Averil Coxhead, Teresa Mihwa Chung and Quero
145–151
Chapter 15: Making an essential word list for beginners
Thi Ngoc Yen Dang and Stuart Webb
153–167
Section 5: Using the lists
Chapter 16: Using word lists
171–182
Appendix 1: Proper noun tagging in the BNC
183–186
Appendix 2: Closed lexical set headwords
187
Appendix 3: The Essential Word List
188–195
References
197–205
Author index
207–208
Subject index
209–210
“For any educator who wishes to learn about using corpora and making word lists, this book is both an invaluable guide an a pleasure to read.”
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