Vocabulary In Second Language Learning

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Vocabulary knowledge is often considered as an important tool for second language learners because limited vocabulary knowledge in a second language impedes successful communication. A person with a limited vocabulary will never be able to speak, write, read or understand a language effectively. It is believed that having a large and varied vocabulary is the indicator of communicative competence and it is one of the most important aspects of language learning (McCrostie, 2007).Wallace (1982) states that an adequate knowledge of vocabulary alone could be enough for a relative degree of communication to take place. Researchers such as Laufer and Nation (1999), Maximo (2000), Read (2000), Gu (2003), and Nation (2001) and others have comprehend…show more content…
Walter (2004) points out that both teachers and students admit that acquisition of the vocabulary is a key factor in teaching a language. Teaching words is a critical aspect in learning a language as languages are based on words (Thornbury, 2002). Oxford (1990) also proposes that vocabulary is “by far the most sizeable and unmanageable component in the learning of any language, whether a foreign or one’s mother tongue, because of tens of thousands of different meanings”. As Meara (1980) mentions, L2 vocabulary is considered as the greatest single source of problems for…show more content…
Do have any significant effect on Iranian high school students’ vocabulary learning?
2. Do teaching new vocabularies through collocations enhance retention of new vocabulary items?

H0 1: teaching new vocabularies through collocations will not have any significant effect on Iranian high school students’ vocabulary learning.
H0 2: teaching new vocabularies through collocations will not enhance retention of new vocabulary items. With respect to changing high school English text books in Iran, it also seems crucial to apply new method of teaching; particularly teaching new vocabularies. Since the focus of previous system of teaching was on grammar, teaching vocabulary has been ignored for many years in Iran.
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