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8 Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language The previous chapters have reported on a longitudinal multiple-case study that aimed to construct a comprehensive picture of Chinese EFL learners’ vocabulary development over an academic year. Findings have offered insights into the dynamic and varied developments by connecting the psycholinguistic processes with the multidimensional contextual influences. This chapter will summarize the major findings and the main contributions of the present study to L2 vocabulary ac- quisition research. As this is one of the first studies that explored the dynamic vocabulary development in a foreign language context, this chapter places particular emphasis on the contention that findings from the present study help deepen our current understanding of the DST perspective on L2 development, as exemplified in the develop- ment of macro- and micro-level vocabulary knowledge. 8.1 Overall findings This section aims to recapitulate the major findings of the present inquiry. The research questions are listed before the presentation of findings. 8.1.1 Macro-level vocabulary development How does first-year and third-year Chinese EFL learners’ L2 vocabulary knowledge at the macro level, including receptive, controlled productive, and free productive vocabulary use, de- velop over an academic year? 206 Findings of the participants’ receptive vocabulary test results indicated that, at the beginning of the year, both groups of students demonstrated almost full receptive mastery of the most frequent words at the 2,000 and 3,000 levels; the first-year participants’ receptive knowledge, espe- cially of words at the 5,000 and AWL levels, grew rapidly over...
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