Tokyo JALT:

Specialized Vocabulary in Context: Challenges for learners, teachers and research

Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Averil Coxhead (Victoria University of Wellington)

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This talk focuses on vocabulary for specific purposes as a core aspect of learning in a range of educational contexts. Recent estimates suggest that specialised or technical vocabulary makes up more than one third of specialised texts. Specialised vocabulary is very closely tied to the content knowledge of a subject. In this talk, I will look at a number of challenges of this vocabulary for learners, teachers and researchers, using examples from research and pedagogy in EFL/ESL secondary school, university, and trades contexts. These challenges include planning for this vocabulary, deciding on the items which are worth spending precious classroom time on, thinking about single words and multi-word units, and taking assessment into account. The talk will conclude with some suggestions for meeting these challenges and time for questions.

Bio: Dr. Averil Coxhead, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is the Director of the MA programme in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Recent publications include New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary (TESOL, 2014) and Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students: Research-Based Lists and Strategies for Key Content Areas with Jennifer Greene (Brookes, 2015). Averil is currently researching vocabulary in international schools, trades education, and university studies. In special collaboration with the Temple University Japan Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Organization: Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Tokyo JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: 22F, Shinagawa Intercity Tower A, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo (map)

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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