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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Progress in Learning French Vocabulary in a One-Year Advanced Course at School
Author: Suzanne Graham
Institution: University of Reading
Author: Brian J. Richards
Institution: University of Reading
Author: David D Malvern
Institution: University of Reading
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This article reports on vocabulary learning in French during Year 12 by 150 pupils in 15 English comprehensive schools. Vocabulary progress over two school terms was investigated in the context of learner strategy training that targeted listening and writing. This intervention was carried out in eleven schools and results compared with a comparison group of four schools. Recognition vocabulary and writing vocabulary measures taken during the students' course are compared with listening and writing scores, and examination results. Results suggest that interventions which target listening and writing skills do not lead to significant gains in vocabulary through incidental learning and the deployment of vocabulary in writing tasks. However, it also appears that extra time and effort devoted to developing listening and writing is not at the expense of vocabulary learning.

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This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 18, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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