Comparing useful words in second language adult learners' writings with BNC wordlist: A prototype approach

Norazah Mohd Suki, and Wardatul Akmam Din, and Nor Arifah Mohd Nor, and Irma Wani Othman, (2014) Comparing useful words in second language adult learners' writings with BNC wordlist: A prototype approach. Labuan e-Journal of Muamalat and Society, 8 . pp. 50-57. ISSN 1985-482X

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Abstract

This research focusses on the preliminary investigation of vocabulary knowledge on teachers undergoing the Teacher Graduate Programme (PPG) in Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). By conducting this research it is possible to determine whether these teachers are familiar with the same set of words listed in BNC therefore have sufficient vocabulary knowledge which they most probably impart to their students. Forty-four adult students wer. e asked to write an English essay based on the topic given by the teacher. Soft copies of their essays were compiled and converted to .txt files which were then transferred and analyzed using the Simple Concordance Program 4.0.9 List of words in BNC (refer rank frequency order cited in ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/bncfreq/flists.html, Oct. 23, 2014)and list of words based on frequency gathered from the essays of the PPG students were then compared. It is found that the a dult students arcompetence in using words that are common in BNC wordlist.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:word list, writing skill, adult students, concordance
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:FACULTY > Labuan Faculty of International Finance
ID Code:12728
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Deposited On:07 Jan 2016 13:19
Last Modified:07 Jan 2016 13:19

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