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Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language
 
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Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language
Processes and Development
 
 
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17 Jan 2008
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Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language is based on a large-scale empirical study. The innovative feature of the research was that the same students were asked to do the same tasks in both languages while reporting their thinking as they went along. Furthermore , they had to undertake the same tasks even though they were of very different experience, ranging from young children at school to university students. Three areas of learners' competencies and skills were explored: vocabulary knowledge, word guessing strategies and writing. The authors further explore the relationship between the skills and describe the level of development for individual learners within the three areas. In all cases, statistical and qualitative analyses are offered, the latter being based on the learners' own 'think-aloud' reports. Both researchers and teachers of language will find this in-depth approach useful in understanding the processes of both first and second language performance.


Description

Vocabulary and Writing in a First and Second Language is based on a large-scale empirical study. The innovative feature of the research was that the same students were asked to do the same tasks in both languages while reporting their thinking as they went along. Furthermore , they had to undertake the same tasks even though they were of very different experience, ranging from young children at school to university students. Three areas of learners' competencies and skills were explored: vocabulary knowledge, word guessing strategies and writing. The authors further explore the relationship between the skills and describe the level of development for individual learners within the three areas. In all cases, statistical and qualitative analyses are offered, the latter being based on the learners' own 'think-aloud' reports. Both researchers and teachers of language will find this in-depth approach useful in understanding the processes of both first and second language performance.


Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword: A.Cumming
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Declarative Lexical Knowledge
Lexical Inferencing Procedures in Two Languages
Writing in Two Languages
Lexical Knowledge, Lexical Inferencing and Writing
Implications for Research and Instruction
Appendix
References
Index


Authors

DORTE ALBRECHTSEN is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has published on discourse analyses of learner texts and on processes in writing in L1 and L2. She has been active in developing the field of foreign language acquisition at university level and has experience with in-service teacher training.

KIRSTEN HAASTRUP has held a Chair at the Danish University of Educational Studies and is currently Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Her publications include a textbook on foreign language acquisition and a monograph on lexical inferencing. She has been active in establishing foreign language acquisition research in Denmark.

BIRGIT HENRIKSEN is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has published on vocabulary acquisition and has co-authored a lexical task anthology. She has been active in developing the field of foreign language acquisition at university level and has given many courses for language teachers.