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Word List Development and Validation
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Abstract

 

This presentation will provide an overview of current issues related to the development and validation of word lists that are used in language pedagogy. Recent years have seen a proliferation in word lists, but rarely are these lists evaluated empirically according to their intended pedagogical purpose, be that for curriculum and test design and/or for materials development and evaluation. Word list validity is also related to the needs of the learner, which can vary with a learner's age and knowledge of concepts, L1 cognates and/or loanwords, and inflectional and derivational morphology. We examine different methods for constructing and evaluating word lists for different purposes and then summarize some of the challenges and limitations of using word lists. We call for future developments in this area that include the development of free, open-source lexical databases that incorporate ongoing progress in both natural language processing technologies and crowd-sourced approaches.

 

Summary

 

This presentation will provide an overview of current issues related to the development and validation of word lists that are used in language pedagogy.

We examine different methods for constructing and evaluating word lists for different purposes and then summarize some of the challenges and limitations of using word lists.

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