Towards Building of EFL Vocabulary for Pakistani Learners at Secondary Level: A Corpus-Based Study
Vocabulary is considered the heart of any language. To acquire the knowledge of any language, the acquisition of vocabulary is indispensable for the speakers. In this era of globalization, English has become an international language. To grapple with the challenges of global world, it is essential for non-native speakers to get the knowledge of English language. But in the learning process of EFL, they face problems especially in the acquisition of vocabulary. It is opined by Folse (2004) that among the main difficulties that EFL speakers experience in the acquisition of the EFL, to learn and improve vocabulary is one. Uninterested and traditional methods of learning and teaching vocabulary are adopted. The students are forced to stuff their minds with the long and toilsome lists of vocabulary without having the knowledge of the context. With the invention of computers and corpora, novelties have been taken place in the field of learning and teaching vocabulary. The credit goes to corpora and the instruments that facilitated this arduous task for the learners. The conducted study aims to define the scope and importance of learning EFL vocabulary for Pakistani students at secondary level. For this task, a Corpus of Pakistani English has been employed by assembling data from online English newspapers and to analyze the data, Wordsmith tools has been utilized to retrieve the list of frequency. So, the present research is an organized attempt to figure out the basic vocabulary of repeated words for EFL speakers. The current research highlights the usefulness of using computers and corpora in the acquisition of EFL vocabulary.