A computerized interactive vocabulary development system for advanced learners.
The paper begins with an analysis of the process of recording newly encountered vocabulary items in a typical language learning situation. It is argued that three aspects of this process can be significantly improved: the discovery and recording of meaning, subsequent retrieval of items for productive use, and thirdly, their retention in memory. A computerized system of vocabulary storage based on a database management system is demonstrated to be an excellent means of implementing these improvements. The notion of vocabulary development at an advanced level is explored, leading to the conclusion that vocabulary learning can be a systematic and interactive process.
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