Anastasia Shirav


This paper aimed to reveal the level of vocabulary required for comprehension of 95% and 98% of texts given in the reading part of the English test (EIT) taken by high-schoolers in Ukraine in order to enter universities. The results showed that around 8,000 most frequent English words are needed to be known to achieve comprehension of 98% of the texts. The figures provided in the research could potentially help raise Ukrainian ELT teachers’ awareness in developing an English curriculum. Moreover, the results support the suggestion made by Nation (2006), that vocabulary of about 8,000 most frequent words is needed for comprehension of authentic texts.


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