An analysis of the vocabulary used in e-mails by EFL students with learning difficulties

  1. Andrés Canga Alonso 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Encuentro: revista de investigación e innovación en la clase de idiomas

ISSN: 1989-0796

Year of publication: 2011

Issue: 20

Pages: 1-12

Type: Article

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  • Human Sciences: C


This paper aims at tracing the vocabulary profiles used by sixteen secondary school Spanish students with learning difficulties to describe people their same age and traditional festivals thanks to an e-mail tandem exchange with learners of Spanish as a foreign language their same age, belonging to a secondary school in the UK. Taking account of these texts, we will also aim to (i) identify the number and lexical category of the words used by the participants, and (ii) check the frequency of the words informants are able to produce. All the texts were digitalised and analysed by means of Range Tools. Our results indicate that (i) nouns and verbs are the most frequent lexical categories used by learners, and (ii) these words belong to the most frequent 1,000 words of English.