TUJ Distinguished Lecturer Series (Tokyo, Seminar 1): Developing Lexical Competence: From Theory to Classroom Practice to Online Application

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Charles Browne (Meiji Gakuin University, Japan)

This seminar will be conducted dually on campus and online by Zoom for the public session on Saturday, 14:00-17:00, followed by on campus only sessions (Saturday, 18:00-21:00, Sunday, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00). The admission for the on campus public session is limited to 50 (first-come-first-served basis) while the Zoom link will be sent to others, including those who signed up for the online public session, between 13:00-13:50 on the day of the public session (Saturday). Students taking this seminar for credit will be required to attend on campus public session. Pre sign-up is required for anybody attending the public session except for those credit students. The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form" that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline for Tokyo is Friday, October 2 at 12:00.

This seminar will consider the development of Lexical Competence from several points of view. Through a review of some of the core research in second language vocabulary acquisition we will first try to dispel some of the "myths" about vocabulary learning that are still prevalent among classroom practitioners and researchers. Keith Folse's excellent book, "Vocabulary Myths: Applying Second Language Research To Classroom Teaching", one of the two required books for this course, covers eight such myths including the idea that (1) in learning another language, vocabulary is not as important as grammar or other areas, (2) using word lists to learn L2 vocabulary is unproductive and (3) presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning.

After developing a basic understanding of how vocabulary should be tested, taught and learned, we will then move on to consider several corpus-derived word lists for second language learners that I have developed. We will then review a range of classroom vocabulary teaching and testing techniques based on current research.

Finally, we will look at and get hands on practice in using a variety of online tools for testing, teaching and conducting research on second language vocabulary acquisition. Seminar participants who take this course for credit will use and assess one of the many online tools in the context of current research in this area.

Organization: Temple University Japan

Cost: free

Venue: Zoom and on campus: TUJ Tokyo Center 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004 (map)

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan

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