VLI 9(2): Elgort (2020)

Vocabulary Learning and Assessment: A Commentary on Four Studies for JALT Vocabulary SIG
Irina Elgort
Victoria University of Wellington
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.elgort
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Four papers by Chie Ogawa, Haidee Thomson, Michael Holsworthm and Darrell Wilkinson were presented in the Vocabulary Learning and Assessment session at the Eighth Annual Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Vocabulary Special Interest Group (SIG) Symposium, at the University of Niigata, Japan, in May 2020. The papers raised methodological questions, proposed approaches to assessing spoken and written word knowledge and fluency, and presented some experimental findings. It is my pleasure to discuss these papers in terms of the ideas proposed by the four researchers, their implementation and potential future directions.

Elgort, I. (2020). Vocabulary learning and assessment: A commentary on four studies for JALT Vocabulary SIG. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 9 (2), 75–88. https://doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.elgort

VLI 9(2): Wilkinson (2020)

Deliberate Vocabulary Learning from Word Cards
Darrell Wilkinson
Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.wilkinson
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While word cards are a widely supported method of deliberately studying foreign language vocabulary, there is a surprising lack of research-based evidence supporting them. This paper first reviews some of the key literature on word cards and then briefly describes two experiments concerning word card methodology. The first experiment described in this paper examined the learning outcomes of making word cards while the second experiment compared the use of self-made word cards with premade cards. The results of the first study indicated that the simple process of making word cards results in significant short-term vocabulary learning, but this new knowledge is sensitive to attrition if no further study is carried out soon after making the cards. The results of the second experiment indicated that while both methods are effective in the short and long-term, learners may be better studying from premade cards. Taken together, the results offer support for the use of word cards for foreign language vocabulary learning.

Wilkinson, D. (2020). Deliberate vocabulary learning from word cards. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 9 (2), 69–74. https://doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.wilkinson

VLI 9(2): Thomson (2020)

The Challenges of Measuring Multi-Word Expression Use in Conversation
Haidee Thomson
Hokusei Gakuen University and Victoria University of Wellington
doi: https://doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.thomson
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This article introduces three important challenges and possible solutions when using spoken dialogue to measure the use of specific multi-word expressions. The first challenge is deciding whether to count precise and accurate use of target expressions only or whether to extend the count to include variation. The second challenge requires addressing the indirect nature of dialogue as a testing method. The third challenge is organizing data and preparing ways to clearly identify speakers within the dialogue. These challenges are illustrated with examples and potential solutions from my recent research investigating spoken use of multi-word expressions.

three dimensions of vocabulary knowledge: size, depth, and lexical accessibility; passive/receptive vocabulary knowledge; active/productive vocabulary knowledge.

Thomson, H. (2020). The challenges of measuring multi-word expression use in conversation. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 9 (2), 63–68. https://doi.org/10.7820/vli.v09.2.thomson