Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
| Editors: Nancy H. Hornberger

Lexical Awareness in Second Language Learning

  • Paul Nation
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_147


Developing lexical awareness involves developing an interest and focus on consciously considering aspects of language, language learning, and language use. Lexical awareness can have a range of goals including helping learners gain a positive attitude toward vocabulary learning, improving their learning skills, developing an enduring interest in the analysis of the vocabulary of different languages and of vocabulary use, and increasing their understanding of the ways in which vocabulary is used for a whole variety of purposes. There has been very little written about lexical awareness in second or foreign language learning within the tradition of language awareness, although there has been a long history of giving deliberate attention to vocabulary learning and explicit analysis of semantic relationships and etymology. The major focus of this chapter is to look at the teaching of lexical awareness.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Nation
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  1. 1.LALSVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand