In episode 28, Stacey interviews Joe Barcroft, a professor and researcher specializing in vocabulary acquisition. His articles appear in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and others. In this interview, we discuss his ten principles for vocabulary acquisition from his book Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary (2012, TESOL International Association).

This episode contains Part I of our conversation, and next week, episode 29 will be Part II.


Show Notes

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You can purchase Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary  by Joe Barcroft

You can find Profesor Barcroft online including a list of all of his publications, just click on the PDF of his CV.


If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA (7th ed.) reference is:

Johnson, S.M. (Interviewer/Producer). (2017, November 17). Teaching vocabulary for acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part I (Episode 28) [Audio podcast episode]. In We teach languages.



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10 thoughts on “We Teach Languages Episode 28: Teaching Vocabulary for Acquisition with Joe Barcroft, Part I

  1. I am setting up a Flipgrid full of topics/questions in which I will tweet out in hopes of lots of native speakers replying so students can have lots of various voices, input and responses to common topics. I already did it with one topic I’m so glad Dr. Barcroft confirmed this idea! Motivation to keep it going.

    1. That’s awesome!
      Also, I’m not familiar with Flipgrid. Is there a way to share the responses you get with other teachers so you can spread the resources around to others who may need them?

  2. I so appreciate this episode because, as a language teacher who did not study much SLA as part her training, I am still catching up on what research says about best teaching practices. While I don’t see myself signing up for grad courses at this stage of my life, I can definitely listen to this episode (more than once!) during my commute and while I’m cooking dinner. Thanks for bringing experts to the masses!

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