independent learning platform on word knowledge and vocabulary building strategies

Notion of a Word

Richard (1976:83) laid down eight assumptions about word knowledge:
  1. A native speaker of a language continues to expand his vocabulary in adulthood, whereas there is comparatively little development of syntax in adult life.
  2. Knowing a word means knowing the degree of probability of encountering that word in speech or print, and, in many cases, the sort of words most likely to be found associated with it.
  3. more...
Richards, J. C. (1976). The role of vocabulary teaching. TESOL Quarterly, 10(1), pp.77-89.

Word knowledge can be receptive and productive. In other words, it can be comprehended through listening and reading, or be produced to convey messages through speaking and writing. For example:

    The receptive knowledge and use of, underdeveloped involves:
  • being able to recognise the word when it is heard
  • being familiar with its written form so that it is recognised when it is met in reading
  • more...
    The productive knowledge of underdeveloped involves:
  • being able to say it with correct pronunciation including stress
  • being able to write it with correct spelling
  • more...
Nation, I. S. P. (2001). Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

In learning a word, we can try to explore the different aspects of word knowledge. Click the bubbles to explore more.

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