Introducing a New General Service List

Reading Time: 5 minutesThis study proposes a New General Service List, compiled on the basis of four language corpora including a total of over 12 billion running words. ‘The New GSL is conceived of as a list of the most frequent English vocabulary [in British English] suitable for both receptive and productive use, primarily intended for beginner learners.’

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Working Memory and Implicit/Explicit Instruction

Reading Time: 6 minutesNot only does working memory play a major role in the learning of a target grammar structure, but it may play a large role in learning of productive skills through explicit instruction. Explicit instruction on novel grammatical constructions is more successful than implicit instruction.

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Comprehensibility and Intelligibility of International Student Speech

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis study took place in the US against the backdrop of increasing numbers of international students. The concern of the researchers seems to be that international students in US universities might be perceived differently by EAP teachers as compared to their subject teachers (e.g. a Biology lecturer or a History tutor).

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