Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Teaching and learning vocabulary: putting The Four Strands to the test
Author: O'Hógain, Brian
Director/Tutor: Miralpeix Pujol, Immaculada
Keywords: Llengua i ensenyament
Adquisició d'una segona llengua
Tesis de màster
Language and education
Second language acquisition
Masters theses
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Abstract: Recent research on vocabulary acquisition has proposed many different strategies a teacher can use to ensure learners increase and retain the words they are taught in class. However, many teachers have not been able to integrate these findings into their instruction. To this end, Nation (2007a) came up with an approach called The Four Strands to aid vocabulary instruction. The present study aims to investigate The Four Strands as conceived by Nation. It examines whether its incorporation into the classroom will increase learners receptive and productive vocabularies. It also looks at retention of words after a period of 5 weeks. Two groups of secondary school participants took part in the study: one of them received the treatment (N=26) and the other became the control group (N=27). Data were collected through different tests: post‐test 1 and delayed post-test were translation tests and post‐test 2 consisted in a video retelling. Results showed that the treatment group consistently outperformed the control group, which should be interpreted regarding the possible benefits for both vocabulary teaching and learning.
Note: Màster de Lingüística Aplicada i Adquisició de Llengües en Contextos Multilingües, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya, Universitat de Barcelona, Any: 2012, Supervisor: Dr. Imma Miralpeix
Appears in Collections:Màster Oficial - Lingüística Aplicada i Adquisició de Llengües en Contextos Multilingües

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Brian O Hogain - July 2012.pdf1.07 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons