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Word Frequency


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  • Q1
    How many word families does an educated adult native speaker know?
    10 000
    20 000
    8 000
    15 000
  • Q2
    How many word families would learners need to listen to everyday conversational English?
    5 000-6 000
    6 000-7 000
    9 000-10 000
    7 000-8 000
  • Q3
    How many word families would learners need to read a range of novels and newspapers?
    8 000-9 000
    7 000-8 000
    5 000-6 000
    10 000-11 000
  • Q4
    What is the most frequent word in English?
  • Q5
    What can you do to measure your learner’s vocabulary size?
    Check learners’ knowledge against word lists.
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    Get them to take a vocabulary size test eg. The Vocabulary Size Test by Nation and Belgar (2007).
    Get learners to take a specifically designed test to measure their Lexile level. This test serves two functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is OR a student’s reading ability level. The higher the Lexile measure, the higher the student’s reading level. For more about this, go to

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