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Scott Thombdury how to teach vocabulary Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gate Harlow Essex M20 JE England and Associated Companies throughout the world. © Pearson Education Limited 2002 All rights reserved; no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the Publisher. The Publisher grants permission for the photocopying of those pages marked ‘photocopiable’ according to the following conditions. Individual purchasers may make copies for their own use or for use by classes they teach. School purchasers may make copies for use by their staff and students, but this permission does not extend to additional schools or branches. Under no circumstances may any part of this book be photocopied for resale. ‘The right of Scott Thornbury to be identified as the author of this Work has heen asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Printed in Malaysia, PP Fifth impression 2007 Produced for the publishers by Bluestone Press, Chatlbury, Oxfordshire, UK. Text design by Keith Rigley. Copy-edited by Sue Harmes. Illustrations on pages 90 and 159 by ‘Margaret Jones. ISBN 978-0-582-42966-6 Acknowledgements ‘We are grateful to the following for permission to reproduce copyright material: Cambridge University Press for extracts from the Catalan Word Selector and English Vocabulary in Use (Elementary) by McCarthy and O'Dell and The New Cambridge English Course 2 by Swan and Walter; Carcarnet Press Limited and the family of Allen Curnow for his poem ‘Wild Iron’ published in Collected Poems, Cummington Press for the poem ‘Silence’ by William Carlos Williams published in The Wedge, EM] Music Publishing for the lyrics from Wannabe recorded by The Spice Girls; che poet, Ruth Fainlight, for her poem ‘Handbag’ published in Selected Poems by Random House Group Limited; Oxford University Press for an extract from New Headway Intermediate by Soars and Soats; and Pearson Education Limited for an extract from Longman Language Activator © Longman Group Limited 1993. We are grateful to the following for permission to reproduce illustrative material: Corbis Stock Market for page 166; Language Teaching Publications for page 118; Net Languages for page 43; Oxford University Press for page 97, We regret that we have been unable to trace the copyright holder of the following and would welcome any information enabling us to do so: pages 95. 150 and 165, Contents Introduction 1 What's in a word? Introduction Identifying words Word classes Word families Word formation Multi-word units Collocations Homonyms Polysemes Synonyms and antonyms Hyponyms Lexical fields Style and connoration How words are learned How important is vocabulary? What does it mean to ‘know a word’? How is our word knowledge organised? How is vocabulary learned? How many words does a learner need to know? How are words remembere: Why do we forget words? What makes a word difficult? Whaat kind of mistakes do learners make? What are the implications for teaching? Classroom sources of words Lists Coursebooks Vocabulary books The teacher Other students Texts, dictionaries and corpora Short texts Books and readers Dictionaries Corpus data Page vi 13 32 53