Vocabulary acquisition (Hauptseminar Universität Siegen, WS 2005/06)

 

Date

Subject

Compulsory Reading (see ‘Key to compulsory reading’ below)

Additional Materials

 

25.10.

Preliminaries 

 

 

 

1.11.

Public holiday

 

 

 

8.11.

Lexis defined I: What’s a word? What’s in a word?

Kortmann (1999)

Lipka (2002)

 

15.11.

Lexis defined II: Types of word combinations; construction grammar; colligation (transparencies)

in this order: Hausmann (2003), Siepmann (2004), Hunston (2001), Hoey (2004)

Sinclair (1998)

 

22.11.

The frequency of lexical units and vocabulary learning (or ‘What is near-native competence?’)

Goethals (2001), Hausmann (2002)

BNC frequency list

 

Cowie (1999: Chapter 1), West (1953), Nation (2001: 6-22)

Stefanie, Kathrin, Carolin, Keven, Nina

6.12.

Psycholinguistic aspects of vocabulary learning

Knapp-Potthoff, A. (2000), Hulstijn (1997)

download vocabulary file: EN_DE_FOOD MEAT

download Paul Raedle’s vocabulary trainer: http://www.paul-raedle.de/vtrain/home-de.htm ; Aitchison (1994), Miyake/Shah (1999), Singleton (1999), Welzer (2002)

Katharina, Rose, Silvia, Stefanie, Isabel

13.12.

Approaches to vocabulary learning I: beginners and intermediate learners

in this order: de Florio-Hansen (2002), Arendt (2002), Hinz (1999), Hager (1996)

 

Olaf, Verena, Nina

20.12.

Approaches to vocabulary learning II: advanced learners

Hill/Lewis/Lewis (2000), Siepmann (2004), Reder, Ganter (2001)

 

Christian, Christian, Dominik, Annika, Anja

3.1.

Christmas vacation

 

 

 

10.1.

Computer-assisted vocabulary learning I: vocabulary learning environments, electronic dictionaries (and Internet reading)

Groot (2000), Mackenzie/Hannay (2001)

I-Finger dictionaries, Cobuild dictionaries, Lexvaardig, etc.

Pierre, Max, Jessica

17.1.

Computer-assisted vocabulary learning II: vocabulary trainers, concordancers, student dictionaries

Partington (1998), Rüschoff (1995)

free vocabulary trainers (see below), private dictionaries

 

24.1.

Semasiological learners’ dictionaries: an overview

Cowie, Allen (1996)

see the seminar on learner lexicography

Eric, Theresa, Nicole, Kerstin

31.1.

Onomasiological learners’ dictionaries

Siepmann (forthcoming); Fragebogen

see the seminar on learner lexicography

 

7.2.

Electronic learners’ dictionaries

 

see the seminar on learner lexicography

 

 

Vocabulary and cross-cultural pragmatics

House (1997), Hohmann (1983)

 

 

 

Avenues for further research

Yongqi Gu (2003)

 

 

 

The acquisition of vocabulary is the most arduous task facing the second language learner. If, as seems almost certain, mastery of five thousand base words is a minimal requirement to be able to understand non-specialist English texts, the number of lexical units and collocations the learner needs to be able to produce such texts is much higher. Seminar topics will include
· paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations between words,
· the relation between sense and syntax (lexico-grammar),
· the mental lexicon,
· vocabulary frequency and teaching approaches,
· learners' dictionaries, vocabulary books and dictionary use,
· vocabulary learning software,
· learning vocabulary through communicative tasks.

 

Possible subjects for dissertations (term papers) include

 

 

Key to compulsory reading

 

Arendt, Manfred (2002) ‘Vokabeln lernen? Nein danke!’ Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 49/3: 299-308.

de Florio-Hansen, Ines (2002) ‘Fremdsprachenlernende zu Wort kommen lassen oder: Vom Umgang mit dem Wortschatz’, in Udo O.H. Jung (ed.), Praktische Handreichungen für Fremdsprachenlehrer (3rd ed.), 302-309.

Ganter, Christian J. (2001) ‘Elephant Talk. Wie man ein Wortfeld zum Thema Human Communication erstellt’ Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 48/1: 58-62.

Goethals, Michaël (2001) ‘The use of word frequency data in the teaching of English as an alternative/additional language: Reflections on recent EET-list experience and experiments’ in: Bax, M. and J.-W. Zwart (eds), Reflections on Language and Language Learning. In honour of Arthur van Essen. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 311-323.

Groot, Peter J. M. (2000) ‘Computer-assisted second-language vocabulary acquisition’ LLT Journal 4/1.

Hager, M. (1996) ‘Learning the Parts of the Body’ Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 43/1: 34-38.

Hausmann, Franz Josef (2002) ‘Nur nützliche Wörter lernen!’ französisch heute 2: 256-269.

Hausmann, Franz Josef (2003) ‘Was sind eigentlich Kollokationen? Oder: Wie pervers ist der wissenschaftliche Diskurs?’ in Kathrin Steyer (ed.), Jahrestagung 2003 des Instituts für deutsche Sprache.

Hill, Jimmie/Lewis, Morgan/Lewis, Michael (2000) ‘Classroom strategies, activities and exercises’, in Michael Lewis (ed.), Teaching Collocation. Further Developments in the Lexical Approach. Hove: LTP.

Hinz, Klaus (1999) ‘Wörter vernetzen und anwenden. Wortschatzarbeit im Englischunterricht der Sekundarstufe I’ Praxis des neusprachlichen Unterrichts 46/4: 347-356.

Hulstijn, J. (1997). ‘Mnemonic methods in foreign language vocabulary learning: Theoretical considerations and pedagogical implications’ In J. Coady, & T. Huckin, Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition (pp. 203-224). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hunston, Susan (2001) ‘Colligation, lexis, pattern, and text’, in Scott, Mike and Geoff Thompson (ed.) (2001) Patterns of Text: In honour of Michael Hoey, 13-34.

Knapp-Potthoff, Annelie (2000) ‘Vokabeln im Kopf’, in C. Riemer (ed.): Kognitive Aspekte des Lehrens und Lernens von Fremdsprachen. Tübingen: Narr.

Kortmann, Bernd (1999) Linguistik: Essentials. Cornelsen.

Mackenzie, J. Lachlan/Hannay, Mike (2001) ‘Developing Lexical Competence: a Computer-assisted, text-based approach’ CAUCE, Revista de Filologia y su Didáctica 24: 541-563.

Siepmann, Dirk (2004) ‘Kollokationen und Fremdsprachenlernen: Imitation und Kreation, Figur und Hintergrund’ Praxis Fremdsprachenunterricht 1/2: 107-113.

Yongqi Gu, Peter (2003) ‘Vocabulary learning in a second language: person, task, context and strategies’. TESL-EJ 7/2: A4.

 

Additional Materials (A more detailed bibliography can be obtained upon request, cf. a. http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/staff/paul-nation/vocrefs/index.aspx and http://www.swan.ac.uk/cals/calsres/varga/index.htm)

Aitchison, J. (1994) Words in the mind (2nd edn.). Oxford: Blackwell. Coady, J. / Huckin, T. (1999). Second language vocabulary acquisition. Cambridge University Press.

Bausch, K.-R. et al. (eds.) (1995) Erwerb und Vermittlung von Wortschatz im Fremdsprachenunterricht. Arbeitspapiere der 15. Frühjahrskonferenz zur Erforschung des Fremdsprachenunterrichts. Tübingen: Narr.

Bergmann, B. (1998) ‘Wortschatzarbeit. Lernstrategien und Übungsformen zur Erhöhung der Lernerautonomie’, in Zielsprache Englisch 28/1, S. 1-8; Heft 2, S. 18-25.

 

Börner, W. /Vogel, K. (1994) Kognitive Linguistik und Fremdsprachenerwerb. Das mentale Lexikon. Tübingen: Narr.

 

Der Fremdsprachliche Unterricht. Heft 55 (2002) (Themenheft Wortschatz)

Ellis, N. (1994) ‘Vocabulary acquisition: The implicit ins and outs of explicit cognitive mediation’, in N. C. Ellis (Ed.), Implicit and explicit learning of languages (pp. 211-282). London: Academic Press.

Hunt, Alan (1998) ‘Laufer Seminar’ http://langue.hyper.chubu.ac.jp/jalt/pub/tlt/98/sep/laufer.html

 

Lipka, Leonhard (2002) English Lexicology. Tübingen: Narr.

Miyake, A., & Shah, P. (Eds.). (1999). Models of working memory: Mechanisms of active maintenance and executive control. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nation, I.S.P. (2001). Learning vocabulary in another language. Cambridge University Press.

Neuner, Gerhard (1991) ‘Lernerorientierte Wortschatzauswahl und –vermittlung’,  in Deutsch als Fremdsprache 28, 76-83.

Paribakht, T. S., & Wesche, M. (1997). Vocabulary enhancement activities and reading for meaning in second language vocabulary acquisition. In J. Coady & T. Huckin (Eds.), Second language vocabulary acquisition: A rationale for pedagogy (pp. 174-199). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Read, J. (2000). Assessing vocabulary. Cambridge University Press.

Schmitt, N. (2000). Vocabulary in language teaching. Cambridge University Press.

Schmitt, N. / McCarthy, M. (eds.) (1997). Vocabulary: Description, acquisition, and pedagogy. Cambridge University Presse.

Schrader, H. (1996) ‘Lernen durch Ordnen - eine Strategie des Wortschatzlernens’, in Fremdsprachenunterricht 6: 431-435.

Singleton, D. (1999) Exploring the second language mental lexicon. Cambridge University Press.

Vielau, A. (1977) ‘Der Handlungsaspekt beim Bedeutungslernen’ Available: http://www.france-mail-forum.de/material/7Interkultur.html#7.7.%20A.Vielau:%20Der%20Handlungsaspekt%20beim).

Welzer, Harald (2002) Das kommunikative Gedächtnis. Eine Theorie der Erinnerung. Munich: Beck.

 

Computer-assisted vocabulary learning

 

 

http://www.vocabeln.de/

http://www.paul-raedle.de/vtrain/home-de.htm

http://www.webmasterarchiv.de/download/23636/Schule_Bildung/Sprachen/Vokabeltrainer.IntelliTrainer-2.51.html

 

 

Other sites of interest

 

http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~waring/vocab/wordlists/vocfreq.html#Set%20A

http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/staff/averil-coxhead/awl/index.html