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Commentary: ‘‘I Don’t Know’’ Use and Guessing on the Bilingual Japanese Vocabulary Size Test: Clarifications and Limitations Kurtis McDonald (a) and Mayumi Asaba (b) (a) Kobe College; (b) Kwansei Gakuin University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.mcdonald.asaba Download this article (pdf) Abstract This paper offers a response to Hutchinson’s comments on our preliminary report of ‘‘I don’t know’’ use …

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Loanwords for Language Learners: Help or Hindrance? Kaori Nakao Kyushu Sangyo University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.nakao Download this article (pdf) Abstract Background: Loanwords are a growing component of the Japanese language. During the past six decades, the majority of new loanwords entering the Japanese language have come from the English language. For native Japanese speaking students, loanwords …

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A Lexical Network Approach to the Acquisition of English Verbs of Memory: The Case of Japanese Learners Shun Morimoto Tokiwa University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v05.1.morimoto Download this article (pdf) Abstract The present study investigated the acquisition of L2 English memory verbs, memorize, remember, and recall, by Japanese learners within the framework of a lexical network. In the …

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Commentary: Low-Confidence Responses on the Vocabulary Size Test T. P. Hutchinson Centre for Automotive Safety Research, University of Adelaide doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.2.hutchinson Download this article (pdf) Abstract McDonald and Asaba (Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 2015) reported an administration of the Vocabulary Size Test that was modified to include ‘‘I don’t know’’ as a fifth response option …

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Replacing Translation Tests With Yes/No Tests Raymond Stubbe Kyushu Sangyo University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.2.stubbe Download this article (pdf) Abstract Along with personal interviews, individual word translation tests from the target language to the mother tongue are recognized as a reliable method of determining students’ actual lexical knowledge. However, as most English as a foreign language teachers …

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On Using Corpus Frequency, Dispersion, and Chronological Data to Help Identify Useful Collocations James Rogers (a), Chris Brizzard (a), Frank Daulton (b), Cosmin Florescu (c), Ian MacLean (a), Kayo Mimura (a), John O’Donoghue (d), Masaya Okamoto (e), Gordon Reid (a), and Yoshiaki Shimada (f) (a) Kansai Gaidai University; (b) Ryukoku University; (c) University of New …

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A Japanese Word Association Database of English George Higginbotham (a), Ian Munby (b) and John P. Racine (c) (a) Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University; (b) Hokkai Gakuen University; (c) Dokkyo University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.2.higginbotham.et.al Download this article (pdf) Abstract In this paper, two word association (WA) studies are presented in support of recent arguments against the use …

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Researching Vocabulary in the EFL Context: A Commentary on Four Studies for JALT Vocabulary SIG Stuart Webb University of Western Ontario doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.1.webb Download this article (pdf) Abstract Four papers by Anna C-S. Chang, Yuko Hoshino, Tatsuya Nakata and Andrew Gallacher were presented in the afternoon session of the 4th Annual JALT Vocabulary SIG Vocabulary …

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Mastery Sentences: A Window into the Interplay between Word Knowledge Types Andrew Gallacher Kysushu Sango University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.1.gallacher Download this article (pdf) Abstract This study investigates students’ productive knowledge of high-frequency vocabulary using a word knowledge framework. A sample of more than 300 written ‘‘mastery sentences’’ was analyzed and coded for errors made at the …

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Are Learners Aware of Effective Ways to Learn Second Language Vocabulary from Retrieval? Perceived Effects of Relative Spacing, Absolute Spacing, and Feedback Timing on Vocabulary Learning Tatsuya Nakata Faculty of Foreign Language Studies, Kansai University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v04.1.nakata Download this article (pdf) Abstract Although the effects of retrieval-based learning may be affected by factors such as …

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