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Estimations of Japanese University Learners’ English Vocabulary Sizes Using the Vocabulary Size Test Stuart McLean(a), Nicholas Hogg(b) and Brandon Kramer(c) (a) Temple University, Japan; (b) Osaka Yuhigaoka Gakuen High School; (c) Momoyama Gakuin University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.mclean.et.al Download this article (pdf) Abstract Measuring students’ lexica is time-consuming, as one sitting of the Vocabulary Size Test (VST) …

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Vocabulary in a Second Language: Selection, Acquisition, and Testing: A Commentary on Four Studies for JALT Vocabulary SIG Batia Laufer University of Haifa doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.laufer Download this article (pdf) Abstract Four papers by Charles Browne, Rachael Ruegg & Cherie Brown, Makoto Yoshii and Junko Yamashita were presented in the morning session of the Third Annual …

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Effects of Instruction on Yes-No Responses to L2 Collocations Junko Yamashita Nagoya University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.yamashita Download this article (pdf) Abstract The lexical decision task (LDT), in which a participant makes dichotomous judgments on target letter strings, is an established method in psycholinguistic research to investigate the mental lexicon. With the expansion of research interests from …

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Effects of Glosses and Reviewing of Glossed Words on L2 Vocabulary Learning through Reading Makoto Yoshii Prefectural University of Kumamoto doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.yoshii Download this article (pdf) Abstract This study is an attempt to integrate incidental and intentional vocabulary learning in a reading activity without sacrificing the enjoyment of reading. The paper reports on a study …

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Analyzing the Effectiveness of Textbooks for Vocabulary Retention Rachael Ruegg and Cherie Brown Akita International University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.ruegg.brown Download this article (pdf) Abstract Although many language educators are aware of factors necessary for vocabulary acquisition and retention, in many institutions around the world instructors are required to use textbooks as a basis for instruction, yet, …

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A New General Service List: The Better Mousetrap We’ve Been Looking for? Charles Browne Meiji Gakuen University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.browne Download this article (pdf) Abstract This brief paper introduces the New General Service List (NGSL), a major update of Michael West’s 1953 General Service List (GSL) of core vocabulary for second language learners. After describing the …

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Second-Language Vocabulary Assessment Research: Issues and Challenges Yo In’nami Shibaura Institute of Technology doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v02.1.innami Download this article (pdf) Abstract The four papers on second-language vocabulary assessment reviewed below are exemplary works that merit close scrutiny. Therefore, this paper provides a brief summary of each study, followed by comments and suggestions, particularly in regard to …

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Validating a Pictorial Vocabulary Size Test via the 3PL-IRT Model Wen-Ta Tseng National Taiwan Normal University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v02.1.tseng Download this article (pdf) Abstract The paper presented a newly conceived vocabulary size test based on pictorial cues: Pictorial Vocabulary Size Test (PVST). A model-based (1-2-3 parameter logistic item response theory model comparisons) approach was taken to …

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Difficulties in Reading English Words: How do Japanese Learners Perform on a Test of Phonological Deficit? David Coulson, Mayumi Ariiso, Rina Kojima, and Masami Tanaka University of Niigata Prefecture doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v02.1.coulson.et.al Download this article (pdf) Abstract The motivation for this research is the observation of frequent read-aloud miscues among Japanese university students, and the slow …

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Sources of Differential Item Functioning between Korean and Japanese Examinees on a Second- Language Vocabulary Test Tim Stoeckel and Phil Bennett Miyazaki International College doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v02.1.stoeckel.bennett Download this article (pdf) Abstract The use of item response theory in equating or creating computeradaptive tests relies on the assumption of invariance of item parameters across populations. This …

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