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.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XIV, 259 pp., num. tables and graphs
Contents: Review of research related to vocabulary learning strategies – Vocabulary acquisition in historical stages of teaching
methodology – English language teaching and learning in China – Quantitative data analysis in the learners’ vocabulary size
and their vocabulary acquisition strategy usage – Case studies of fastest and slowest progress makers and two comparative
case studies – Framework of key variables influencing Chinese overseas learners’ proficiency in vocabulary acquisition – Development
of a lexis learning model – Testability and prediction models.