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Title: The relationship between three measures of L2 vocabulary knowledge and L2 listening and reading
Contributor(s): Cheng, Junyu (author); Matthews, Joshua  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/0265532216676851
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Abstract: This study explores the constructs that underpin three different measures of vocabulary knowledge and investigates the degree to which these three measures correlate with, and are able to predict, measures of second language (L2) listening and reading. Word frequency structured vocabulary tests tapping receptive/orthographic (RecOrth) vocabulary knowledge, productive/orthographic (ProOrth) vocabulary knowledge and productive/phonological (ProPhon) vocabulary knowledge and tests measuring L2 listening and L2 reading were administered to 250 tertiary-level Chinese learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). Results showed that ProPhon vocabulary knowledge correlated most strongly with L2 listening (r = .71) and ProOrth vocabulary knowledge correlated most strongly with L2 reading (r = .57). Factor analysis indicated that all subcomponents of the ProPhon vocabulary knowledge test loaded onto one factor and those of the RecOrth and ProOrth vocabulary knowledge tests loaded onto another. Regression modelling showed that ProPhon vocabulary knowledge explained 51% of the variance in L2 listening scores and that ProOrth vocabulary knowledge explained 33% of the variance in the L2 reading scores. Discussion addresses the varying importance of different dimensions of vocabulary knowledge in L2 listening and reading.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Language Testing, 35(1), p. 3-25
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1477-0946
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200303 English as a Second Language
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470306 English as a second language
470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
390108 LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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