Prof. Dr. Charles Browne

Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo Japan

Title: A Modular Approach for the Systematic Development of 2nd Language Vocabulary

This presentation will briefly introduce 5 open-source, corpus-derived high frequency vocabulary word lists that the presenter helped to create for second language learners of English, and then move on to introduce a large and growing number of free, pedagogically-driven online tools apps and resources for helping to utilize these lists for teaching, learning, assessment,  materials creation as well as research and analysis. The tools include interactive flashcards, diagnostic tests, games, vocabulary profiling apps, text creation tools, and more.  Each word list offers extremely high coverage (92% or higher) of language in that genre and includes lists for general daily English (New General Service List or NGSL), spoken English (New General Service List-Spoken or NGSL-S), academic English (New Academic Word List or NAWL), business English (Business Service List or BSL), TOEIC English  (TOEIC Service List or TSL).. Most lists were developed in a modular approach so they can be efficiently mixed and matched to meet a broad range of academic needs


Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of research articles, books, and EFL textbooks over his 30 years in Japan. In addition to his work in creating many important new corpus-based word lists and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed countless free online ER/EL and vocabulary learning sites, tools and apps, working hard to share this knowledge through countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world.