Teaching Students to Use Text-Profilers: A Needs-Based Approach to Tertiary Level English Vocabulary Instruction

Teaching Students to Use Text-Profilers: A Needs-Based Approach to Tertiary Level English Vocabulary Instruction

Ingrid Barth (The Open University of Israel, Israel) and Esther Klein-Wohl (The Open University of Israel, Israel)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1855-8.ch018
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In this paper the authors suggest that teaching students to use freely available text-profiling software represents an innovative strategy and possible solution to needs of non-native English speakers who leave school without an adequate English vocabulary. First the research basis is described for a new text-profiler designed to help students acquire the high-frequency vocabulary they need in order to become effective readers of academic texts published in English. The authors then illustrate relative advantages of this tool and show how these features address specific issues related to learning English vocabulary at college or university. Finally pedagogic implications of teaching students to use text-profilers are presented and suggestions are offered for future directions.
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From our review of the EAP literature, it appears that most EAP courses are designed for three target groups of students: (1) college or university students in a non English speaking country who study their disciplines in their L1 but are required to read discipline-related academic texts published in English, (2) NNES who go abroad to study at a higher education institution in countries where English is the L1 of the majority of students and (3) NNES in countries where English is the language of instruction even though English is not the L1 of the majority of students.

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Bin Zou
Chapter 1
Joy Egbert, Omran Akasha, Leslie Huff, HyunGyung Lee
This paper is grounded in the concept that it is the use of the technology to support language learning, not the technology itself, which makes a... Sample PDF
Moving Forward: Anecdotes and Evidence Guiding the Next Generation of CALL
Chapter 2
Mary Ellen Butler-Pascoe
It has been over 50 years since the emergence of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) that would forever change how second/foreign languages... Sample PDF
The History of CALL: The Intertwining Paths of Technology and Second/Foreign Language Teaching
Chapter 3
Stephen Bax
This article revisits the issue of the normalisation of technology in language education, defined as the stage at which a technology is used in... Sample PDF
Normalisation Revisited: The Effective Use of Technology in Language Education
Chapter 4
Lance R. Askildson
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the present state of second language reading research and computer-assisted glossing for reading... Sample PDF
A Review of CALL and L2 Reading: Glossing for Comprehension and Acquisition
Chapter 5
Glenn Stockwell
Examples of learning vocabulary through the computer are appearing with increasing regularity in the recent CALL literature. Much of this learning... Sample PDF
Online Approaches to Learning Vocabulary: Teacher-Centred or Learner-Centred?
Chapter 6
Phil Benson, Alice Chik
Recent social and technological developments are placing independent access to the Internet within the reach of more and more foreign language... Sample PDF
Towards a More Naturalistic CALL: Video Gaming and Language Learning
Chapter 7
Long V. Nguyen, Cynthia White
This classroom-based research aims to investigate the nature and quality of talk in synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) among... Sample PDF
The Nature of ‘Talk’ in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication in a Vietnamese Tertiary EFL Context
Chapter 8
Yu-Chih Sun, Wen-Li Chang, Fang-Ying Yang
This study investigates the effects of employing extended online thematic listening tasks on the development of listening comprehension in an... Sample PDF
An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Extended Online Thematic Listening Tasks on the Development of Listening Comprehension
Chapter 9
Nobue Miwa, Yuping Wang
This paper addresses postgraduate students’ perspectives toward online interaction between on-campus and distance students through online... Sample PDF
Online Interaction Between On-Campus and Distance Students: Learners’ Perspectives
Chapter 10
Amber Yayin Wang, Wan-Jeng Chang
To expand global and intercultural communication, the effectiveness of asynchronous online communication devices, especially email, have been... Sample PDF
Developing Intercultural Awareness and Language Speaking Proficiency for Foreign Language Learners through Cross–Cultural Voicemail Exchange
Chapter 11
Hsien-Chin Liou, Shiu-Lin Lee
Recently, wikis have been claimed to facilitate collaborative-writing projects and bring positive impact on student learning. While most previous... Sample PDF
How Wiki-Based Writing Influences College Students’ Collaborative and Individual Composing Products, Processes, and Learners’ Perceptions
Chapter 12
Shelly Sanchez Terrell
Recent research shows that online tools such as: games, wikis, speaking avatars, and interactive stories can be a positive force for English... Sample PDF
Integrating Online Tools to Motivate Young English Language Learners to Practice English Outside the Classroom
Chapter 13
Rachel Lindner
Reports on computer-mediated intercultural exchanges generally focus on their relevance for acquiring linguistic or intercultural competence, but... Sample PDF
ESAP Students’ Perceptions of Skills Learning in Computer-Mediated Intercultural Collaboration
Chapter 14
Dongshuo Wang, Bin Zou, Minjie Xing
This research investigates the interaction between English students learning Chinese in the UK and Chinese students learning English in China via a... Sample PDF
Interactive Learning Between Chinese Students Learning English and English Students Learning Chinese on the Platform of Wiki
Chapter 15
Marisa Constantinides
Teacher trainers/educators play a key role in the process of normalisation, as defined by Bax (2003), in the training of foreign language teachers... Sample PDF
Integrating Technology on Initial Training Courses: A Survey Amongst CELTA Tutors
Chapter 16
Steven Sharp
Research indicates that teachers need preparation in classroom based technology use, but teacher education programs do not prepare them.... Sample PDF
Teachers Acquisition of CALL Expertise
Chapter 17
J. Egbert, Leslie Huff
Pre-service teachers who use the Internet both for course preparation and student resources need to be aware of and also help their future students... Sample PDF
“You’re a Winner”: An Exploratory Study of the Influence of Exposure on Teachers’ Awareness of Media Literacy
Chapter 18
Ingrid Barth, Esther Klein-Wohl
In this paper the authors suggest that teaching students to use freely available text-profiling software represents an innovative strategy and... Sample PDF
Teaching Students to Use Text-Profilers: A Needs-Based Approach to Tertiary Level English Vocabulary Instruction
Chapter 19
Lifei Wang, Jianling Wan
This paper proposes that business CAT be introduced as the reform of a course in Chinese universities. Firstly, the authors describe the conceptual... Sample PDF
Developing Business CAT Teaching System and Course for Chinese Universities
Chapter 20
Simon Bibby
Handheld devices are increasingly powerful items in terms of both hardware and software. They have ceased being merely tools of mobile telephony... Sample PDF
Do Students Wish to ’Go Mobile’?: An Investigation into Student Use of PCs and Cell Phones
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