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The proposed new GCSE for #MFL is based on so-called high frequency words. But where do these words come from? And how reliable is the sample used to determine them? Why do we end up with the words below? #mfltwitterati 1/5
The Routledge frequency lists - being used by DfE/NCELP - are each based on a corpus (i.e. sample) of around 23 million words, from various sources see attached). That's a big number. Or is it? Is it enough to really tell us which words are the most common? 2/5
23m words is equivalent to about 230 novels. Given how many novels have been written in each language, that's tiny. Add to that the thousands of words written and spoken every day, by millions of speakers, in work, media, reports, entertainment, homes and online every day... 3/5
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