West Tokyo JALT:

ESP for Language Learners: Introducing the NGSL, BSL, TSL and NAWL Wordlists

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Charles Browne (Meiji Gakuin University)

Dr. Charles Browne and his colleagues have now co-published 5 different open-source, corpus-derived word lists as part of a component-based approach to help meet the needs of general and special-purpose second language learners of English. The first half of this presentation will introduce and explain the effectiveness of combining our New General Service List (NGSL, Browne, Culligan and Phillips, 2013) with one of our English for Specific Purposes (ESP) word lists known as the Business Service List (BSL, Browne & Culligan, 2016), which are designed to help teachers better meet the needs of EFL students who need to be able to cope with unsimplified written and spoken business English materials in their daily lives. With more than 600,000 words in the English language, learning just the combined 4500 words of the NGSL and BSL gives students an almost unbelievable 97 per cent coverage of most general business English texts. He will also introduce our ESP word lists for TOEIC (the TSL) and for Academic English (the NAWL).

The second half of the session will introduce and demonstrate a large and growing number of free online tools and resources for helping to utilize these lists for teaching, learning, materials creation, as well as research and analysis. The tools include interactive flashcards, diagnostic tests, games, vocabulary profiling apps, text creation tools, and more.

Bio: Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of research articles, books, and textbooks over his 30 years in Japan. In addition to his work in creating several important new corpus-based word lists and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed many free online ER/EL and vocabulary learning sites, tools and apps, working hard to share this knowledge through countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Tamadaira no Mori Fureaikan / Tamadaira Koryu Center, 2-9 Tamadaira, Hino 191-0016 (map)

Location: Hino City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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