Extensive reading for a 9,000-word vocabulary: Evidence from corpus modeling

dc.contributor.author Green, Clarence
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-14T22:26:45Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-14T22:26:45Z
dc.date.issued 2022-10-15
dc.description.abstract This paper contributes to a research program within extensive reading (ER) and Reading in a Foreign Language using corpora to simulate ER input to develop vocabulary through incidental learning to 9,000 words. This helps researchers/teachers evaluate ER. If corpora indicate no ‘pathway’ from smaller to larger vocabulary sizes through authentic ER input, with vocabulary recurrence rates sufficient for incidental learning, then graded readers or other pedagogy appear essential. Studies offer different conclusions due to modeling issues. This study replicates previous research on a larger corpus of general fiction, with improved modeling. For every vocabulary size, a substantial amount of comprehensible fiction is found, with enough repetition of vocabulary from subsequent levels that pathways from smaller to larger vocabulary sizes are possible without graded readers. Prior estimates of approximately 3 years to acquire 9,000 words at 1 hour a day are underestimates, with modeling indicating 2 hours a day would be required.
dc.identifier.citation Green, C. (2022). Extensive reading for a 9,000-word vocabulary: evidence from corpus modeling. Reading in a Foreign Language, 34(2), 232–248. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/67424
dc.identifier.issn 1539-0578
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10125/67424
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.subject extensive reading
dc.subject graded readers
dc.subject vocabulary acquisition
dc.subject coverage comprehension model
dc.subject comprehensible input
dc.subject incidental learning
dc.title Extensive reading for a 9,000-word vocabulary: Evidence from corpus modeling
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 248
prism.number 2
prism.publicationname Reading in a Foreign Language
prism.startingpage 232
prism.volume 34
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