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Vocabulary coverage and lexical characteristics in L2 Spanish textbooks

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Title:Vocabulary coverage and lexical characteristics in L2 Spanish textbooks
Authors:Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Claudia
Miguel, Nausica Marcos
Olsen, Michael K.
Date Issued:01 Jan 2018
Publisher:Cengage
Citation:Sánchez-Gutiérrez, C., Miguel, N.M., Olsen, M.K. (2018). Vocabulary coverage and lexical characteristics in L2 Spanish textbooks. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 78-98. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69783
Abstract:This chapter reports on a study that examined the vocabulary coverage of elementary
and intermediate Spanish textbooks used in U.S. universities, as well as
the lexical characteristics of the words they contain. Concretely, glossaries from
16 textbooks were analyzed to determine the coverage of words found among
the 3,000 most frequent words in Spanish, the length and concreteness of the
words, and the development of these characteristics between elementary and
intermediate textbooks. Results indicate that textbook vocabulary generally does
not represent the most frequent words in Spanish and that words in intermediate
textbooks are significantly longer and less concrete than words in elementary
textbooks. According to these findings, language program directors and teachers
should complement textbook glossaries with words drawn from the 3,000 most
frequent words of the target language as well as incorporate techniques that ease
the learning burden of long and abstract words. This analysis can also guide textbook
authors on how to improve vocabulary selection for their textbooks.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69783
Volume:2018
Appears in Collections: 2018 UNDERSTANDING VOCABULARY LEARNING AND TEACHING: IMPLICATIONS FOR LANGUAGE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT


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