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South African Journal of Childhood Education

versão On-line ISSN 2223-7682
versão impressa ISSN 2223-7674

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SIBANDA, Jabulani  e  BAXEN, Jean. Third-Grade English Second Language teachers' vocabulary development practices. SAJCE [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-7682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v8i1.545.

BACKGROUND: This article investigated the potential of Grade 3 English Second Language (ESL) teachers' vocabulary development practices to equip learners in English-deprived environments with English vocabulary requisite for transition to Grade 4 where English is the Language of Learning and Teaching and where learning to read gives way to reading to learn AIM: This study sought to document and interrogate incidental and explicit Grade 3 ESL teachers' vocabulary development practices vis-à-vis learners' vocabulary needs SETTING: Three classrooms from one township and two diverse rural schools in three different districts of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa were observed METHODS: The case study sourced qualitative data through video and field notes recorded in classroom observations in 10 English First Additional Language classes for each teacher. Quantitative data on teacher talk vocabulary exposure and recycling were generated using the AntConc 3.2.4 software RESULTS: The study found that the incidental vocabulary development was compromised by low English language exposure occasioned by teachers' frequent recourse to the Home Language, little word recycling in classroom talk and lack of rich contexts in which words were encountered. Explicit vocabulary instructional practices mostly drew learners' attention to novel words and had a narrow range of strategies dealing with word meanings CONCLUSION: In view of the manifest lack of a robust vocabulary development programme among ESL teachers, the study recommends planned and deliberate attention to vocabulary development on the teachers' part and a reconsideration of the learners' vocabulary needs and learner meaningful engagement in vocabulary development

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