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Vocabulary in EFL teaching materials for young learners
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6004-4115
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9170-1459
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Language Studies, ISSN 2157-4898, E-ISSN 2157-4901, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 89-116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vocabulary is a key factor in successful language acquisition and as thetextbook is central in the teaching of English, ideas behind vocabularyinput in teaching materials should be based on research findings. Thepresent study is an analysis of seven teaching materials used for younglearners in Sweden. The results show that only a limited amount of thevocabulary students encounter in textbooks features in the exercises,with the focus placed on practising words already occurring with highfrequency in the textbooks. Most exercises have an incidentalvocabulary-learning focus and also require students to deal withlanguage only in a mechanical way. This suggests there is nopedagogical thought behind the vocabulary input and that theinadequacies of textbooks are not properly addressed in workbooks. Aconclusion to be drawn is that many teaching materials intended foryounger learners in Swedish schools are questionable from a language learning perspective.

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Iranian Institute for Encyclopedia Research, Iran , 2020. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 89-116
Keywords [en]
English as a Foreign Language, Explicit Learning, Foreign Language Acquisition, Incidental Learning, Primary School, Recycling, Textbook, Workbook
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Languages and Literature Didactics
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English and Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-77365DiVA, id: diva2:1385144
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Validerad;2020;Nivå 1;2020-01-24 (johcin)

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