Development of a technical nursing education word list (NEWL)

Jayakaran Mukundan, Yu Jin Ng

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs are developed and implemented in universities to socialize learners into their discourse communities. One of the most important requirements for language curriculum development in such situations is a word list that comprises the most important words or 'building blocks' in the field. This article examines the most frequently used technical vocabulary in the area of nursing education. A word list of 969 nursing education specialized words selected from a corpus of 3,490,417 words is developed to enhance English for Nursing Purposes (ENP) learning. With 969 technical words in the Nursing Education Word List (NEWL), the word list provides coverage of 9.5% in the selected textbooks. This word list forms the basis from which key vocabulary is identified for ENP curriculum development. In addition, the NEWL serves as a must-have reference for publishers and ENP textbook writers to enhance the presentation of vocabulary in ENP materials development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoving TESOL beyond the Comfort Zone
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Criticality in TESOL
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781631170355
ISBN (Print)9781631170348
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Mukundan, J., & Ng, Y. J. (2014). Development of a technical nursing education word list (NEWL). In Moving TESOL beyond the Comfort Zone: Exploring Criticality in TESOL (pp. 81-100). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..