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posted on 28.07.2020 by Paul Nation
This paper investigates whether it is a good idea to choose a book that interests you and read it through from the beginning to the end learning all the new words you meet. For the analysis, it is assumed that learners already know the most frequent 3,000 words of English. The criteria used to guide this investigation include the number of unknown words met, the usefulness of the unknown words, the density of the unknown words, and the number of repetitions of the unknown words. Reading a whole book intensively is not a good idea unless the book is a graded reader, a technical text in a relevant subject area, or a set text that would be examined as a part of assessment. Where learners need to do such reading of unsimplified texts, they should be strategic in dealing with unknown vocabulary.
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Nation, P. (2018). Reading a whole book to learn vocabulary. Approaches to learning, testing, and researching L2 vocabulary, 169(1), 30-43. https://doi.org/10.1075/itl.00005.nat

Journal title

Approaches to learning, testing, and researching L2 vocabulary

Volume

169

Issue

1

Publication date

16/04/2018

Pagination

30-43

Publisher

John Benjamins Publishing Company

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

16/04/2018

ISSN

0019-0829

eISSN

1783-1490

Language

en

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