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Title: A pilot corpus study on nursing students' acquisition of nursing terminology
Other Titles: 看護学生の英単語習得に関するコーパス基礎研究
Authors: Watanabe, Yoko
Ubukawa, Emiko
Altenstadt, Alexander von
渡邉, 容子
鵜生川, 恵美子
アルテンシュタット, アレキサンダー フォン
Keywords: concordancer
corpus linguistics
function words
content words
nursing and health care-related words
English for a specific purpose (ESP)
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Publisher: 群馬県立県民健康科学大学
Citation: 群馬県立県民健康科学大学紀要 1,1-14,2006
Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which nursing students in a health science college acquired technical English vocabulary based on a comparison of vocabulary data that appeared in their essays describing what they learned from the English I course over the semester and in two English textbooks. Methods: Based on the concept of corpus linguistics, a computer concordancer program was utilized for word-frequency analysis based on a word list, or 'concordance', which the concordancer produced from the digitalized data from two English textbooks and original essays from 70 students. Furthermore, the extracted words were compared based on the following three categories: 'content words', 'function words', and 'nursing and health care-related words'. Results: The students applied 54% ofthe nursing and health care-related terms learned from the two textbooks. It appears that the students applied more technical terms from the reading textbook than from the conversation textbook (28%of from the reading textbook; 14% from the conversation textbook). In particular, the terms 'nurse' and 'patient' were among the three most frequently used nursing and health care-relatPronouns, articles, prepositions, and conjunctions were the most important function words for producing English sentence structures as indicated by their presence in the top ten lists for the three corpora. Conclusions: From this study, it appears that reading textbooks enrich students' vocabulary more than conversation textbooks as reading textbooks provide a larger volume of vocabulary than a conversational discourse in conversation textbooks. This study on vocabulary acquisition might offer educators some insights into the pedagogy of specific terminology in English for a specific purpose.
Description: 原著
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/6562
ISSN: 1881-0691
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