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Vocabulary coverage and lexical characteristics in L2 Spanish textbooks
|dc.contributor.author||Miguel, Nausica Marcos|
|dc.contributor.author||Olsen, Michael K.|
|dc.identifier.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|
|dc.description.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.|
|dc.title||Vocabulary coverage and lexical characteristics in L2 Spanish textbooks|
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2018 UNDERSTANDING VOCABULARY LEARNING AND TEACHING: IMPLICATIONS FOR LANGUAGE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT|
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