Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Paper Proposal

   Young Language learners are easily discouraged or uninterested if they are unable to comprehend reading materials within the context of the second language classroom. In order for learners to meet success within the act of reading a vast knowledge of passively recalled vocabulary is necessary. Skilled word recognition and lexical knowledge are necessary to ensure young language learners comprehend the complex relationship that exists between the reader and text.
   The following proposal for a literature review for potential master thesis study would begin by examining what percentage of incidental vocabulary is acquired and retained through exposure to an extensive reading program that makes use of graded readers as defined by level one of Stephen Krashen’s comprehension reading model.
   It would then move on to review literature dealing with the percentage of incidental vocabulary acquired and retained through exposure to an extensive free reading program that makes use of authentic texts as defined by level two of Stephen Krashen’s comprehension reading model.
   The literature will then move on to compare and contrast the two approaches for the implementation of a reading program hypothesis for young language learners that facilitates the greatest percentage of vocabulary acquisition with quantity and length of retention being a determinate for both reading programs.


  1. Hey~ Tommy~ Your text size is so small. Why don't you change your letter of size? If you do like that, maybe your writing is better than now. I hope to change your blog when I will come to next week. :)

  2. hey Tommy,

    good start. I have a relative ton of books on Vygotsky that you can look over--actually several of the ones I have are also in the library in the basement.

    Have a look at what other people have done in exploring the topic. If your goal is to "prove" one pedagogical treatment is superior, then an experimental approach sounds good. but if you hope to "show" what the students feel and do in the lesson, then a qualitative/ethnographic approach might be more persuasive.

    also, Paul Nation will be talking on the vocabulary issues you mention here at the conference in two weeks, and the Extensive reading group in Korea is very strong and they could definitely point you in good directions for your literature review research. If you would like, I can give you the e-mails of the Extensive Reading special interest group leaders.