Chinese Learners and the Lexis Learning Rainbow

by Peiling Xing (Author)
Monographs XIV, 259 Pages


This book focuses on vocabulary acquisition in the areas of English language learning either in a foreign or a second language environment. Starting from the social phenomenon that a large number of Mainland Chinese students obtain their further education in Western universities, the author carries out a longitudinal study by using instruments of vocabulary levels tests, questionnaires and interviews. On the basis of an in-depth investigation of vocabulary strategy usage by Chinese learners in widely differing environments, the author develops a model of vocabulary acquisition. This is the first model to combine both linguistic and non-linguistic strategies, motivation, and the stages of vocabulary learning into one comprehensive representation of vocabulary acquisition. The book not only offers a solid data base but also suggests effective strategies to enhance English language teaching and learning.


XIV, 259
ISBN (Softcover)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XIV, 259 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Peiling Xing (Author)

The Author: Peiling Xing earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature and PGCE in Mainland China. In 2002, she was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship by the University of Dundee and started her Ph.D. research in Applied Linguistics at the School of Humanities, University of Dundee, UK. She is now a course tutor in EAP at the English Language Centre of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.


Title: Chinese Learners and the Lexis Learning Rainbow