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Vocabulary for listening and speaking


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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:28 by NZTecAdmin

Knowledge of vocabulary encompasses understanding as well as recognising words in spoken language. In addition, knowledge of vocabulary includes knowledge of how words work in relation to each other and within specific contexts. Learning new words takes time. A word is unlikely to become part of a learner’s vocabulary after a single exposure to the word or one definition of it. Learning new words occurs over many exposures to the words.

An important aspect of speakers’ and listeners’ vocabulary knowledge relates to the idea of appropriateness in understanding and producing speech, which includes correct pronunciation. This involves being sensitive to register and having knowledge of the rules of politeness, of idioms and figurative language and of culture and customs. Refer to the vocabulary section for more information about vocabulary, including vocabulary size.

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