Saturday, October 3, 2009

Learning a Language

Since I work with ELL students, I found this snippet of information interesting in an advice column in Parade magazine.

“When a non-English speaking adult moves to the US about how many words must he or she learn in order to be able to communicate adequately?”

“According to educators, a vocabulary of 500 words is enough for limited communication of wishes & needs. Basic conversation requires about 1000 words plus some knowledge of verb tenses.”

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