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HELP WANTED for JALT-sponsored vocabulary research

{NOTE: This is NOT an Osaka JALT-related project.... Osaka JALT is simply helping to publicize with this posting.}


JALT-sponsored vocabulary research 2.0 – improved
Dear colleagues,
We (3 M.Ed. TESOL candidates at Temple University Japan: Stuart McLean, Tom Rush, and Nicholas Hogg) are writing to ask for your help with our vocabulary research project this spring.  We have received a JALT research grant ( for this project, and we are confident that it will be of use to teachers in the future.  The link below is a trail version for the vocabulary test.
Vocabulary size is one of the strongest contributing factors to reading and listening comprehension.  However, studies examining our students’ vocabulary sizes are sorely lacking.  Thus, the primary goal of our research is to make informed general statements about different groups of Japanese University students' vocabulary size.  The secondary purpose of our research is to determine which factors may be useful in predicting vocabulary sizes for this population.
In order to conduct this research we need a very large number of participants, so we are using a snowball sampling method.  If you know of any other instructors who may be able to participate, please forward this e-mail to them.
If you could spare half of a class period (40 minutes) to have your students take a vocabulary test, we would really appreciate it.  The test is available through SURVEY MONKEY, the test can be completed online on COMPUTER, IPAD or SMART MOBILE (NOT TRADIONAL MOBILE PHONE). NO STUDENTS NAMES are collected.  If you email me (Stuart McLean) once all of your classes have completed the test, the results will be returned to you within a week.
Please reply to if you are able to assist us:

Teacher’s name:
University name, and prefecture:
Department name:
The number of students:
The academic year of the students:
The approximate date you intend to administer the test:
The hensachi of your department (if available, if not we can check it):
Thank you for your time.
Best wishes for 2013!

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