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How useful is eap vocabulary for esp? a corpus based case study

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posted on 25.06.2020 by C Sutarsyah, Paul Nation, G Kennedy
This study compares the vocabulary of a single Economics text of almost 300,000 running words with the vocabulary of a corpus of similar length made up of a variety of academic texts. It was found that the general academic corpus used a very much larger vocabulary than the more focused Economics text. A small number of words that were closely related to the topic of the text occurred with very high frequency in the Economics text. The general academic corpus had a very large number of low frequency words. Beyond the words in West's General Service List and the University Word List, there was little overlap between the vocabulary of the two corpora. This indicates that as far as vocabulary is concerned, EAP courses that go beyond the high frequency academic vocabulary are of little value for learners with specific purposes. © 1994, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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(1994). How useful is eap vocabulary for esp? a corpus based case study. RELC Journal, 25(2), 34-50. https://doi.org/10.1177/003368829402500203

Journal title

RELC Journal

Volume

25

Issue

2

Publication date

01/01/1994

Pagination

34-50

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

17/08/2016

ISSN

0033-6882

eISSN

1745-526X

Language

en

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