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Discipline - Related Satellite Programs for Learning Specialized Vocabulary of University Course books

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DOI: 10.23977/aduhe.2022.040211 | Downloads: 8 | Views: 622


Hamed Ghaemi 1, Mahsa Khorami 2


1 Bahar Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, Iran
2 Hakim Sabzevari University

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Hamed Ghaemi


This presented study aimed at investigating the effect of discipline-related satellite programs for subsidiary learning of specialized vocabulary used in university course books. First, an Engineering Spoken Word List (ESWL) of 795 specialized word types was developed from a 546,043-word corpus of engineering course books based on corpus-driven analysis and specialized dictionary checking. Then, a 12,046,179-word corpus of 29 engineering satellite programs was developed and analyzed to scrutinize the extent to which the ESWL words were faced in these programs. This study adopted four cutoff points at which incidental learning may happen, i.e., 5 encounters or more, 10 encounters or more, 15 encounters or more, and 20 encounters or more and found that the number of ESWL words that met these cutoff points increased as the number of episodes, seasons, and programs increased. This specifies that discipline-related satellite programs are perfect sources for incidental learning of specialized vocabulary used in engineering course books as long as these programs are watched frequently and in a consecutive order.


Engineering Spoken Word List, English for Specific Purposes, Satellite Programs, University course books


Hamed Ghaemi, Mahsa Khorami, Discipline - Related Satellite Programs for Learning Specialized Vocabulary of University Course books. Adult and Higher Education (2022) Vol. 4: 75-86. DOI:


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