Dora the Explorer: A TV character or a preschoolers’ foreign language teacher?

Natasa Kokla


The present paper investigates the English vocabulary contained in the Greek version of Dora the Explorer. Comparison with the BNC wordlist and with the CYLET wordlist for beginners suggests that the show contains almost equal amounts of frequent and infrequent vocabulary and that only one-third of its vocabulary is appropriate for young learners. The research also indicates that both receptive and productive vocabulary can be acquired after viewing the programme, although receptive vocabulary gains are greater than productive. Moreover, it is claimed that productive vocabulary is better retained compared to receptive and that older viewers of the programme are better in vocabulary acquisition and retention than younger ones.


frequent/ infrequent words, receptive/productive vocabulary learning, vocabulary retention, preschoolers

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