Dr. Browne's talk tonight is titled "Not All Words are Created Equal" and will introduce the audience to the efficiency of the NGSL in helping 2nd language learners forward as well as to the many online NGSL resources. The event will be streamed live from 6-9:30PM Tokyo time on Oct 10, 2016 via the following link. The talk can be seen on YouTube here.
For those of you who missed Vocab@Vic in Dec 2013 (one of the best 2nd language acquitision vocabulary conferences ever held!), I have good news: the next one will be held on Sept 12-14, 2016 at Meiji Gakuin University in downtown Tokyo. We've already set up a website with basic information on the conference with much more to follow soon...
EnglishCentral uses authentic videos and spaced-repetition video flaschards to help contextualize the learning of important high frequency and special purpose vocabulary. Both the NGSL and NAWL word lists were recently added as courses which teachers can assign to their students. Link to the main website is here. The NGSL, NAWL and many other vocabulary centered courses can be found by using the "Browse/Course" pulldown and looking at the vocabulary courses listed in the "Skills" section
The day after the ER Conference, a 1-day faculty development conference was also held at Feng Chia University, where the NGSL and NAWL will be implemented on a program wide basis from this fall. Great, innovative group of teachers and great program!
Thu I am off to Taiwan to give my second conference keynote in 2 weeks, this time at an Extensive Reading Conference held at Feng Chia University. I will be speaking on the symbiosis between the intentional learning of high frequency vocabulary via flashcards and the incidental learning that occurs via graded extensive reading. Big thanks to Michael McCollister for arranging this!
Looking forward to giving one of the Keynote addresses this weekend at the 2015 ICEE Conference (International Conference on English Education) in Taipei. I will be speaking on the NGSL and NAWL. Conference link is here (http://www.afl.usc.edu.tw/news/news.php?Sn=409)
A big thanks to Dustin Tower at Western Illinois University who noticed that although we put up the NGSL word list on the free Memrise.com flashcard website, we had not yet gotten around to doing the same for NAWL word list. He took it upon himself to use all our free downloads of the list and definitions to make the effort put up the NAWL for everyone to use. Here is the link: http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/?q=NAWL
NGSL Builder 日本語版, the Japanese version of our free NGSL iPhone app, was just released this morning. It is a simple, spaced-repetition flashcard app that allows learners to work on the words in 100 word bands by frequency and brings to 8, the number of free flashcard apps we have for you (similar apps in English and Japanese for the old GSL and AWL word lists as well as our new NGSL and NAWL word lists). We are currently working on Android versions with a simple LMS so stay tuned! Link to app in iTunes store is here.
Here is another nice bit of vocabulary learning software that makes use of the NGSL, this time developed in Turkey! Lingopolis combines spaced repetition learning, use of social media and definitions and sample sentences from the Cambridge English Corpus. Looks pretty nice!
Joe Poulshock's online extensive reading site BeeOasis has now added the ability for students to systematically quiz themselves on NGSL words in 50 word blocks by frequency. Once a 50 word quiz is completed, students are sent an email which lets them know which words they missed and gives them directions on how to make flashcards for further study of those words. Nice idea!
A huge thanks to George Higginbotham for working so hard to help get our NAWL New Academic Word List (www.newacademicwordlist.org) up on Quizlet. You can now study all 963 NAWL words in 50 word blocks by frequency using Quizlet's flashcards or many word learning games. Nicely done George! The link to the NAWL Quizlet word stacks is here.
7/4/2014 Celebrate Independence Day by downloading our free NGSL iPhone app. Called "NGSL Builder" the app gives you access to the full list in bands of 100 words which you can email to yourself, gives background and introduction to the list and a fully functional spaced-repetition flashcard system to help you quickly master these important words. Though it doesn't have an LMS (leaner management system) it does have the ability to email flashcard progress to your teacher. There are also (free) in-app purchases for our other apps (GSL Builder, AWL Builder and NAWL Builder). Enjoy!
Dr. Browne will do a plenary talk on the NGSL at what looks to be a very important new EFL Conference in Thailand called the Tri-ELE Conference. It is a joint collaboration among three leading ELE institutes of Thailand: Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University (AU-IELE); Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University (LAMU), and Language Institute, Thammasat University (LITU). He will be doing Featured presentations on the "The New General Service List: Celebrating 60 years of Vocabulary Learning" (www.newgeneralservicelist.org) and on "New Horizons in Reading and Vocabulary: Online tools for Research, Teaching & Materials Development". Here is a link to the site: http://tri-ele.litu.tu.ac.th/index.php
Another well-attended, well received plenary on the NGSL, this time in beautiful Daegu, South-Korea...
In late April of 2014, Dr. Browne gave 4 plenaries and 3 teacher training workshops on the NGSL at 2 Cambridge Day events in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Response was enthusiastic and positive and the events were a great success. A big thanks to Cambridge University Press both for the invitation as well as for giving us full access to the Cambridge English Corpus, which is the basis for both the NGSL and NAWL.
Dec 7, 2013
Charles Browne gave one of the plenary talks (opposite good friend, Laurence Anthony) on the NGSL. The talk and list were very well received and the topic of much discussion and enthusiasm afterwards. A very exciting event!
October 13, 2013:
Charles Browne gave a Featured Speaker Presentation at KoTESOL in Seoul, Korea titled "The New General Service List: Celebrating 60 years of Language Learning". The Powerpoint for this presentation can be downloaded here.
Dec 6, 2013:
Spoke to 100 very attentive students at Seoul International Graduate School about the NGSL and NAWL. These are elite teachers in training at one of Korea's top schools of education. They were very knowledgable about vocabulary acquisition research and very interested in and excited about the NGSL - great time!