The Learner's Lexicon of North American English
A Basic of 2400-Word Vocabulary for English Language Learners

Second Edition

By: Raymond C. Clark

ISBN 10: 0-86647-379-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-379-8



A teacher suggested technique for using The Learner's Lexicon with beginning level ELLs.

For teachers and ESL/EFL materials writers, this is a basic 2400-word vocabulary list arranged in four levels of 300, 600, 1200, and 2400 essential words. Although based on various word frequency lists, The Learner's Lexicon also includes words chosen to meet the specific needs of learners surviving and participating in an English-speaking context.

Because of the tremendous variation among learners and their backgrounds and needs, this lexicon, limited to 2400 words, is based on a generalized list of words that virtually all learners need to know, whether child or adult, immigrant or traveller. A close examination of the list will reveal that the 0-300 level is heavy with function words and very basic verbs and adjectives, whereas the number of nouns is more limited. As one progresses through the list, the proportion of nouns increases as do the number of derivations, as the learners' ability to express themselves becomes more sophisticated, and the topics of communication become more numerous and wider. This lexicon purposefully goes only to the 2400-word level, because beyond this level, the predictability of the learner's requirements becomes less and less certain, and more and more diffuse. A more detailed explanation of the text and its use can be found in the Introduction link above.

Other books by Raymond C Clark
All Around America
Earth Matters Series
The ESL Miscellany
From Sound To Sentence
Getting a Fix on Vocabulary
Heroes from American History
How and Why Folktales
Index Card Games for ESL
Living In The United States
Plays for the Holidays
Real Life Stories
Story Cards: Aesop's Fables & North American Indian Tales
Teaching Languages for Communication and Accuracy
Teaching North American English Pronuncuation


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