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Volume 1 Number 1, Spring 2004, Pages 1-403   

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JACET 8000 and Asia TEFL Vocabulary Initiative


Indigenization of English in many Asian ESL countries and partial learning of English in EFL countries are two major hindrances to Asian Englishes today. Although Englishes are growing day by day, we have not had any common ground on which we can compare our English with other English varieties. The authors of this article were organizing members of the Committee of Revising JACET (Japanese Association of College English Teachers) List of Basic Words. In this article they claim that their experiences compiling JACET word list are applicable to making word lists for Asian English users and learners, which become their vocabulary base of comparison, and the basis for the Asia TEFL Vocabulary Initiative.