Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024 6:00 PM - Sunday, June 30, 2024 9:00 PM
Location: Tokyo・Osaka (Online Live)

Learning Vocabulary in a Second Language: A Focus on Processing and Instruction


Professor:  Dr. Ana Pellicer-Sanchez (University College London, IOE, UK)

Credit hours:  1 credit hour

Schedule:  3-hour online Zoom sessions for four days

  • Saturday, June 22 from 18:00 to 21:00
  • Sunday, June 23 from 18:00 to 21:00
  • Saturday, June 29 from 18:00 to 21:00
  • Sunday, June 30 from 18:00 to 21:00

Students taking this seminar for credit must attend all four days.

This seminar will be conducted by 3-hour online Zoom sessions for four days: Saturday, June22, Sunday, June 23, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 18:00 to 21:00 (JST).  Students taking this seminar for credit must attend all four days. Students can add/drop this seminar course by 22:00 on Saturday, June 22.

The pre sign-up (or course registration for those who are taking this seminar for credit) is required for anybody attending the public session on Saturday, June 22 from 18:00 to 21:00 (JST). The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form" that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline is Friday, June 21 at 12:00. The public session Zoom link will be provided to those people who completed the online sign-up (or course registration) process by 18:00 on Friday, June 21.

Vocabulary is an essential component of second language (L2) proficiency and crucial for achieving successful communication, which explains the current, prominent role of vocabulary studies in research on language learning and teaching. The aim of this seminar is to introduce participants to the study of vocabulary and to achieve a better understanding of how L2 learners process novel vocabulary in different learning conditions and of the most effective approaches to teach vocabulary.

The first part of the seminar will start with an introduction of the different components involved in vocabulary knowledge and the main approaches to second language vocabulary learning. The session will then focus on learning vocabulary from written input, and on the relationship between vocabulary and reading. It will provide an overview of empirical findings on the benefits of reading for vocabulary development, as well as of the role of vocabulary knowledge in reading. The seminar will then explore vocabulary learning from other modes of input, including multimodal exposure. We will also discuss factors affecting vocabulary learning and will focus on the learning and teaching of formulaic language, as one aspect of lexical competence that has been shown to be difficult for learners. The last part of the seminar will apply the knowledge gained throughout the previous sessions to the analysis of vocabulary learning conditions and activities through hands-on exercises

Open to the Public

This seminar is open to the public, with first three hours for free.

How to attend the seminarSeminar Sign Up Form