על ספרה של חמדה בן-איסטי: "A Lexical Syllabus for Teaching English in Junior High School: Improving Vocabulary Acquisition" – ג'נינה קהן-הורוביץ

Chemda Ben Isty provides the reader with an in-depth overview of state of the art theory underlying principles of foreign language vocabulary acquisition. Ben Isty's book is a treasure in its unique examination of vocabulary acquisition which is the essence of foreign language learning. More specifically, instead of investing precious resources on random vocabulary acquisition, Ben Isty shows how the English foreign language teacher might make use of frequency lists, focussing on the first 2,000 most frequent word forms together with other vocabulary such as culturally appropriate word forms, vocabulary important for classroom management, vocabulary that will increase students' motivation, vocabulary that is not too challenging from a phonological, morphological or semantic perspective, vocabulary that takes into account similarities and differences between the first and target languages and multiple word chunks. These lists were compiled into a lexical syllabus for teaching English in Junior High School. The author further claims that knowledge of this frequent list together with 1,000 less frequent word families will provide a sound basis for students understanding authentic texts.

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