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Korean EFL University Students’ English Vocabulary Size and Their Writing Proficiency

Title
Korean EFL University Students’ English Vocabulary Size and Their Writing Proficiency
Author
이신웅
Keywords
productive vocabulary size; receptive vocabulary size; L2 writing; 생산적 어휘크기; 수용적 어휘크기; 제2외국어 쓰기
Issue Date
2014-05
Publisher
한국영어교과교육학회
Citation
영어교과교육, 2014, 13(2), pp.21 - 4
Abstract
The purpose of the current study was two-fold. It was to measure the receptive and productive vocabulary size of Korean university students and to examine their English writing ability in relation to their productive vocabulary size. Ninety seven Korean EFL students at a university located in Seoul participated in the current study. Their vocabulary sizes were measured by the Receptive Vocabulary Size Test (RVST), an adapted version of Vocabulary Size Test (VST) (Nation & Beglar, 2007) and the Productive Vocabulary Size Test (PVST) developed by Shin, Chon, and Kim (2011). The students' essays were then assessed using the ESL Composition Profile (Jacobs, Hartfiel, Hughey, & Wormuth, 1981). The estimates of receptive and productive vocabulary sizes of the students were 7,906 and 5,436 word families respectively, and the overall ratio of the productive vocabulary size to the receptive vocabulary size was .68, which indicated that the students were able to use 68.76% of the vocabulary that they could comprehend. In addition, the result of a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) revealed that the students' productive vocabulary size had a significant effect on the four aspects of their writings: content, language use, vocabulary, and mechanics.
URI
http://www.kci.go.kr/kciportal/landing/article.kci?arti_id=ART001877078http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/45915
ISSN
1598-513X
DOI
10.18649/jkees.2014.13.2.21
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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES[S](인문과학대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE(영어영문학과) > Articles
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