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Public Lecture by Charles Browne: A modular approach to developing second language vocabulary

Together with the VocaTT research group, Waseda University and the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE) are co-sponsoring a public lecture as follows.

Title: The New General Service List (NGSL) Project: A Modular Approach for the Systematic Development of 2nd Language Vocabulary

Speaker: Charles Browne, Ph.D.

Charles Browne

Abstract: This presentation will briefly introduce 7 open-source, corpus-derived high frequency vocabulary word lists that the presenter helped to create for second language learners of English, and then move on to introduce a large and growing number of free, pedagogically-driven online tools, apps and resources for helping to utilize these lists for teaching, learning, assessment, materials creation as well as research and analysis. The tools include interactive flashcards, diagnostic tests, games, vocabulary learning apps, text creation tools, and more. The presentation will also briefly review recent New General Service List (NGSL) research. Each word list offers extremely high coverage (92% or higher) of language in that genre and includes lists for general daily English (NGSL), spoken English (New General Service List-Spoken or NGSL-S), academic English (New Academic Word List or NAWL), business English (Business Service List or BSL), TOEIC English (TOEIC Service List or TSL), children’s English (New Dolch List or NDL) and fitness English (Fitness English List or FEL). Most lists were developed in a modular approach so they can be efficiently mixed and matched to meet a broad range of academic needs.

Speaker info: Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of articles, books, and textbooks over his 30+ years in Japan. In addition to his work in creating many important new corpus-based word lists and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed countless free online ER/EL and vocabulary learning sites, tools and apps, working hard to share this knowledge through countless presentations, seminars and hands-on workshops around the world.

Time: Friday, September 10, 2021, 15:00–16:00 (JST)
15:00–15:05: Welcome & Introduction
15:05–15:50: Lecture by Dr. Browne
15:50–16:00: Question time

Location: Online (Zoom)

Participation in this event is free, but pre-registration is required. If you wish to join, please fill in the form at the following link by 17:00, September 9 (JST).


Note: Registered participants should receive an e-mail on the day before the lecture with instructions about how to participate. If you have not received the message by 18:00 (JST) on Sep 9, please check your spam folder. Then, if necessary contact the e-mail address below.

Contact: Questions about this event may be addressed to Ralph Rose [rose@waseda.jp].