Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on June 6, 2019 - 9:21am
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Hello colleagues, Some members will be familiar with Ken Folse and his important work on teaching vocabulary. Folse's book Vocabulary Myths (2004) has been super helpful to me over the years. Here are the myths featured in this book.
- Myth 1: In learning another language, vocabulary is not as important as grammar or other areas.
- Myth 2: Using word lists to learn second language vocabulary is unproductive.
- Myth 3: Presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning.
- Myth 4: The use of translations to learn new vocabulary should be discouraged.
- Myth 5: Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for learning second language vocabulary.
- Myth 6: The best vocabulary learners make use of one or two really good specific vocabulary learning strategies.
- Myth 7: The best dictionary for second language learners is a monolingual dictionary.
- Myth 8: Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover second language vocabulary adequately.
Is there anything surprising to you on this list? You are invited to comment on these myths.
Reference: Folse, K. (2004). Vocabulary myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, English Language Acquisition