Exploring the effectiveness of different vocabulary learning techniques (a meta-analysis)

22.05.2018 15:30

Guest lecture by Stuart Webb, Western University (Canada)

There are many different ways to learn words. Textbooks include a wide variety of exercises that are used to promote vocabulary learning.

However, there is no guide provided about why these activities are effective or why one activity might be more useful than another. In this talk, we will look at the results of a meta-analysis of studies of vocabulary learning techniques. We will also consider different principles that can be used to evaluate activities and exercises.



Stuart Webb (Professor, Western University) taught English as a foreign language as well as Applied Linguistics and TESOL for graduate programs in different parts of the world before he joined the Faculty of Education at Western University. He is well known for his publications on incidental vocabulary learning through reading, listening, and watching television, as well as how words can be taught effectively. His research has included corpus-driven studies of the vocabulary in different discourse types and quantitative studies of vocabulary learning. His work has appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, and TESOL Quarterly.  He is co-author (with Paul Nation) of Researching and Analyzing Vocabulary (Heinle, 2011) and of How Vocabulary Is Learned (OUP, 2017), and he serves on the editorial boards of a number of international Applied Linguistics and TESOL journals.

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