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Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition

Ma, Qing

Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 79

Year of Publication: 2009

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 333 pp., 15 ill., 20 tables
ISBN 978-3-03911-666-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.500 kg, 1.102 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book offers readers a basic grounding in L2 vocabulary acquisition. In addition, it provides theoretical analyses and empirical data regarding Chinese learners of English: their specific learning difficulties, needs, strategies, etc.
The book provides an overview of the research in L2 vocabulary acquisition in the last two decades. Linguistic, psycholinguistic, socio-cultural, neurolinguistic, and corpus linguistics analyses are considered.
The book constructs a comprehensive framework for Computer Assisted Vocabulary Learning (CAVL). This is achieved by providing an overview of vocabulary learning in CALL and then proposing a big framework within which most vocabulary learning programs can be conceptualized.
The author then gives a detailed account of how Chinese learners approach English vocabulary learning. She provides an up-to-date picture of the overall situation regarding the language policies adopted, the traditional, orthodox approach to language learning, and the recent reforms implemented in Chinese universities. General and specific vocabulary learning difficulties encountered by Chinese learners are documented and analysed and empirical studies are reported.


Contents: Vocabulary knowledge and use – Development and organization of the L2 lexicon – Implicit and explicit approaches to L2 vocabulary acquisition – The past, present and future of computer assisted vocabulary learning (CAVL) – Features of English learning and teaching (ELT) in China – Exploring Chinese learners’ lexical errors – Investigating strategy instruction & use in Chinese ELT.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Qing Ma was awarded her doctoral degree in applied linguistics at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. She is currently assistant professor at the Department of English, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her main research interests include second language acquisition, research methodology, and computer assisted language learning.


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 79
Edited by Maurizio Gotti