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A music word list for Non-native speakers of English: A Corpus-based study

Wang, P. and Picard, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-3087-7407 (2015) A music word list for Non-native speakers of English: A Corpus-based study. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, 25 . pp. 113-131.

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The acquisition of English as a second/foreign language is an additional burden for non-native speakers (NNSs) who must master English as well as developing expertise in their own profession. This corpus-based study aims to improve the English learning of music students by determining how many and what types of words music majors need to acquire in order to understand the most important texts in their discipline. We compiled a music corpus (MC) which we analyzed using the frequency count function of the Adelaide Text Analysis Tool (AdTAT). Then the word list was compared with the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL). The findings provide English for Special Purposes (ESP) instructors with a clear picture of high-frequency words in the music discipline, so that they can support the English learning of music students and develop more appropriate materials for them. The findings also have methodological implications for the teaching of other Arts majors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
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