Prototype Software for Pedagogic Word List Harvest

Jayakaran Mukundan, Ng Yu Jin, Hong Siaw Swin, Vahid Nimehchisalem

Abstract


One of the important decisions to be made by English Language Teaching (ELT) material developers or educators in various disciplines concerns the selection of vocabulary items that a learner should learn intentionally or unintentionally. Learning new vocabulary from textbooks or academic texts should begin with the scrutiny of the frequent types of the vocabulary used in the texts and how they are used in terms of syntax or lexis. The development of various corpora and word lists for materials of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programme ought to be regulated to ensure better learning of specialised vocabulary in a specific academic field. Vocabulary learning in EAP or ESP should always be well informed by the latest development of corpora in various fields which leads to the creation of useful word lists to socialise learners into their field-specific learning discourse communities. With the introduction of the word list creation prototype software, One-Stop Word List Creator 1.0 (OSWLC 1.0) will be the latest must-have asset for educators all around the globe. In this study, the flexibility and essence of the software will be discussed. OSWLC 1.0 is believed to facilitate better word list creation process for any given field in terms of user-friendliness and time efficiency. 


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