LINGUIST List 32.33

Mon Jan 04 2021

Confs: Applied Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 18-Dec-2020
From: Jennifer Hill <>
Subject: How might word frequency inform vocabulary teaching and learning?
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How might word frequency inform vocabulary teaching and learning?

Date: 29-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2021
Location: Online (hosted by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy), Italy
Contact: Jennifer Hill
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

''How might word frequency inform vocabulary teaching and learning?''

This workshop will begin with an introduction to the notion of word frequency (WF) as well as the concept of the WF effect and its possible influence on vocabulary learning efficacy in English Language Teaching (ELT). We will then move on to consider how words have conventionally been counted and divided into WF bands. Following on from this, participants will be given the opportunity to use and familiarise themselves with online WF lists which can be implemented as a tool to inform the decision-making process when choosing appropriate texts for teaching and assessment purposes. The workshop will conclude with an overview as to how recent WF research is reshaping how vocabulary is counted and the implications this may have for ELT.

Andrew Wimhurst is the Scientific and Didactic Collaborator for English at the Language Centre, Free University of Bolzano (unibz) and a part-time PhD student in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies) at Swansea University, Wales. His PhD research is on the effect of method of administration on response behaviour in word association tasks. He also holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Andrew has worked as a contract lecturer in English for Specific and Academic Purposes (ESAP) at unibz and has taught in the UK, Germany and Italy at university, secondary and primary school level. He was the coordinator of the TESOL Italy Val d‘ Adige-Etschtal local group from 2018 until 2020 and has been a Director of Studies at a UK EFL summer school.

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