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Second Language Acquisition

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From the range analysis of the range1.txt text file shows a variety of results that indicate the level of suitability of the text in teaching and comprehending L2. From the computed analysis results in table 1, it is observed that there are 453-words which make 84.99% of the total number of words in the first-word list category. Under 1st 1000 wordlist, it is observed the 84.99% of the commonly used words appearing within the text comprises of 188 types of words making only 70.94 of the total text.   While considering 2nd wordlist making the 2000 wordlist, it is observed that there are 30 words more, making 5.63%, to the 1000-words which comprise of 453 words out of the total.

In this case, the results can be interpreted such that the 2000 word families are seen to reflect 90.62% (84.9%+5.63%) comprehension level for the target text. By considering that Nation (2006) recommends the comprehension level of any text to be at least 98% comprehensible, the current text does not meet this measure and therefore can be ruled useless under Nation’ s suggestions.

However, since the text is analyzed with consideration of Laufer’ s (2010) suggestion of 95% lexical coverage within the text, the associated 90.62% comprehension level indicates that the text still does not meet the comprehension objective of 95%. Based on this constraint, it is therefore recommended that a variety of methods to make the text more comprehensible. Among these applicable methods include pre-teaching, preview, and replacement. These methods aim at ensuring that written text improves to the 95% comprehension level suggested by Laufer (2010). While Nation (2006) would assume to be the ideal coverage, getting the current score to 95% requires integration of the above-listed methods.

From the 1000 word families considered, the number of words contained within the entire text only makes up to 84.99%. On the other hand, the 2000 word families indicate that there is 90.62% coverage of the vocabulary under the 2nd-word list.

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