Toegepaste taalwetenschap in discussie
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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Second-language learners need a vocabulary course that they can apply in content areas. Although many schools opt for a reading curriculum to support weak readers, many L2-readers still have difficulties at the word level. In the reading course Weet wat je Leest (Know what you are reading'), there is a vocabulary course especially for L2-readers. It is designed along the principles of 'natural word acquisition', in which attention to the unknown word and elaboration of its meaning on the basis of the co-text is important. Vocabulary learning strategies are presented in such a way that language learners can deal with it in a cooperative way. Cooperation between language teachers and subject teachers is also very important in this project. The experimental reading/vocabulary course has been implemented in several schools. Only 45 students took part in the vocabulary course, and were able to improve their results with respect to word knowledge. Also the control group improved on word knowledge, be it not to the same extent. In a small-scale study, we observed a number of students in the vocabulary course. It appeared that especially the 'overestimators' in the program among them improved their metalinguistic ability with respect to word knowledge, whereas the control Werestimators' did not; they even had lower scores on the post-test.


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