Using target vocabulary from source texts in writing –


For: School MPhil, EdD, DSW and PhD students Dr Averil CoxheadDr Averil Coxhead
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Time: 6–7pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35
Speaker: Dr Averil Coxhead, lecturer in applied linguistics and English for academic purposes, Massey University, New Zealand

Seminar summary

This seminar will report on an investigation into the use of vocabulary from input texts in writing in an English for academic purposes (EAP) context. The study looks at the effects of requiring second-language writers to use targeted words in written output, drawn on both written and spoken data from second-language participants in two studies and spoken data from a teacher study. We will begin by investigating productive word use in the literature and move on to the positive and negative effects of instructing learners to use specific words in their essay writing. Some pedagogical implications and possibilities for further research will conclude the seminar.

Dr Averil Coxhead is a lecturer in applied linguistics and English for academic purposes (EAP) and at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. She teaches on the Diploma of Second Language Teaching by distance and on the EAP program both internally and extramurally. Dr Coxhead is the author of Essentials in teaching academic vocabulary (Boston: Cengage, 2006) and is currently coauthoring a book about the common collocations and recurrent phrases of the academic word list.