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Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language

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Yongyan Zheng

The Dynamic Systems Theory perspective offers new lenses to probe into long-term foreign language development. This book reports on findings of a longitudinal multiple-case study on the vocabulary development of eight university-level Chinese learners of English. Framed within the Dynamic Systems framework, the study assumes a holistic perspective towards vocabulary knowledge and aims to project a comprehensive picture of vocabulary development in a typical foreign language learning setting such as the Chinese context. To this end, a wide array of quantitative measurements and qualitative methods was employed. In-depth examination was given to both psycholinguistic and sociocultural processes involved in the complex and dynamic development of vocabulary knowledge. Efforts were also made to establish meaningful links between the learners’ cognitive, mental, pedagogical and social contexts. Although the focus is on vocabulary development, what is discussed in the book is applicable to a wide range of topics in foreign language learning and development.

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Appendix IV Detailed information about the LFP statistics 259

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259 Appendix IV Detailed information about the LFP statistics Participant Lexical sophistication (K1+K2; AWL; Off-list)* 1st session 2nd session 3rd session First-year participants Cheryl K1+K2 AWL Off-list Nil 84.98% 5.61% 9.42% 88.11% 6.28% 5.61% Nicky K1+K2 AWL Off-list Nil 86.1% 4.26% 9.64% 90.56% 2.25% 7.19% Zara K1+K2 AWL Off-list Nil 88.87% 3.08% 8.06% 87.27% 3.94% 8.80% Linda K1+K2 AWL Off-list Nil 81.82% 5.45% 12.73% 89.46% 3.86% 6.68% mean K1+K2 AWL Off-list Nil 85.44% 4.6% 9.96% 88.85% 4.08% 7.07% Sharon K1+K2 AWL Off-list 82.26% 3.69% 12.44% 86.10% 6.05% 7.85% 84.6% 3.91% 9.43% Third-year participants Muriel K1+K2 AWL Off-list 81.70% 6.47% 11.83% 84.85% 6.43% 8.71% 89.12% 3.07% 7.80% Gloria K1+K2 AWL Off-list 87.58% 6.74% 5.68% 83.52% 3.00% 13.48% 92.16% 4.36% 3.49% Helen K1+K2 AWL Off-list 80.59% 6.16% 13.24% 87.74% 6.71% 5.56% 90.59% 3.90% 5.50% mean K1+K2 AWL Off-list 83.03% 5.77% 10.80% 85.55% 5.55% 8.90% 89.12% 3.81% 6.56% * K1+K2: the most frequent 1,000 and 2,000 words AWL: words from the Academic Word List Off-list: words not specified in any of the above list

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