Based on the premise that a systematic approach to vocabulary development results in better learning, this text
examines the underlying principles of vocabulary acquisition, including the most effective teaching and learning
techniques currently available. The author draws on a hundred years of research, experimentation, and classroom
experience and provides relevant applications to the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
1. Introduction 2. The Goals of Vocabulary Learning and Vocabulary Size 3. What is Involved in Learning a Word 4. Communicating Meaning 5. Assessing Vocabulary Size 6. Vocabulary and Listening 7. Vocabulary and Speaking 8. Vocabulary and Reading 9. Vocabulary and Writing 10. Learner Strategies 11. Simplification of Reading Material 12. Directions in Vocabulary Studies