Investigating the predictive role of vocabulary in written performance / Alice Su Chu Wong and Jocelyn Yee Vun Lee

Wong, Alice Su Chu and Lee, Jocelyn Yee Vun Investigating the predictive role of vocabulary in written performance / Alice Su Chu Wong and Jocelyn Yee Vun Lee. Borneo Akademika, 4 (4): 8. pp. 70-83. ISSN 2462-1641

Abstract

Existing research recognises the critical role of vocabulary in the acquisition of a second (L2) or
foreign language. In the context of L2 writing, it has been established that as vocabulary size
increases, so does the ability to write more effective texts. The purpose of this study was to
investigate the relationship between vocabulary size and ESL students’ written performance. The
participants were 69 Malaysian university students whose writing skills were assessed as part of
their English course requirement. Vocabulary size was measured using Laufer and Nation (1990)
Vocabulary Level Test (VLT). Performance on the VLT was correlated with writing scores as a
measure of written performance. Findings indicated that a majority of participants achieved a
mastery level of the 2000-word test but had difficulty in the 3000-word and 5000-word level.
Participants’ vocabulary size was also found to be strongly associated with their written
performance. These results elucidate the importance of vocabulary knowledge in L2 writing. The
pedagogical implication of the current work calls for the integration of vocabulary in writing
classrooms.

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Item Type: Article
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Wong, Alice Su Chu
lizee@uitm.edu.my
Lee, Jocelyn Yee Vun
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General) > Diagnosis, evaluation, prediction, improvement techniques
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General) > Diagnosis, evaluation, prediction, improvement techniques > Comprehension
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Elementary or public school education. Elementary school teaching > Vocabulary
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > English language
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Secondary education. High school teaching > Language > English and composition
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sabah > Kota Kinabalu Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Borneo Akademika
ISSN: 2462-1641
Volume: 4
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 70-83
Keywords: Second language writing; Vocabulary acquisition; Vocabulary size; Receptive vocabulary
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/50276
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