Vocabulary Learning Strategies and Foreign Language Acquisition

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Multilingual Matters, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 197 pages
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The book discusses vocabulary learning strategies as an integral subgroup of language learning strategies. It defines language learning strategies in general and their features on the basis of cognitive theory and relevant models of second language acquisition as the basis for empirical research. Furthermore, the book gives a survey of research on vocabulary learning strategies and describes three original empirical studies. Thus, the book attempts at integrating the approaches of theories of second language acquisition, the theory and practice of instructed foreign language learning, and the findings of current empirical research.
 

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Contents

An Outline of the Book
1
Factors Affecting Vocabulary Learning and Acquisition
4
The Influence of First and Other Languages
8
The Incremental Nature of Vocabulary Acquisition
10
The Organisation and Development of the L2 Mental Lexicon
11
The Source of Vocabulary Exposure to Linguistic Input
16
Individual Learner Differences
17
The Role of the Teacher and Vocabulary Teaching Strategies
18
Conclusion
56
Survey of Research on Vocabulary Learning Strategies
58
The Issue of Vocabulary Strategy Training
75
Vocabulary Learning Strategy Research Methods
83
Conclusion
88
Studies on Vocabulary Learning Strategies
91
Phase I
92
Pilot study
93

Presentation of new lexical items
19
Review and consolidation of lexical items
21
Conclusion
24
Theoretical Anchorage
26
The Role of Language Learning Strategies in Theories and Models of Second Language Acquisition
30
Interlanguage theory
31
Bialystoks second language learning model
32
Multidimensional Model
34
McLaughlins information processing model
36
Sterns synthesis of models
38
Abraham and Vanns Model of Second Language Learning
40
Elliss second language acquisition model
41
Cognitiveconative model of learning
42
Skehans model of individual differences in language learning
45
Tentative Conclusion
46
Defining Language Learning Strategies
47
Taxonomy and categorisation of language learning strategies
52
Features of language learning strategies
54
Main study
98
The Relationship Between Vocabulary Learning Strategies and Vocabulary Teaching Strategies
105
Research questions
107
Results
110
Discussion
121
Conclusion
132
A Crosslinguistic Study of Vocabulary Learning Strategies Used by Elementary School Learners
134
Aim
135
Discussion and conclusions
143
Summary Some Implications for Practice and Research and Conclusions
146
Implications for Practice and Future Research
149
Vocabulary Learning Strategies Questionnaire Pilot Version
152
VOLSQUES Vocabulary Learning Strategy Questionnaire for Elementary Schools
157
Results of the Factor Analyses Pilot Study
161
Vocabulary Teaching Strategies Criteria and Results of Analyses
172
References
184
Index
195
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About the author (2008)

ViŇ nja Paviń iń++ Takań obtained her BA in English and German language and literature from the University of Osijek, Croatia, and her MA and PhD from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. After working as a primary school teacher of English, she was appointed teaching assistant for the English language and ELT methodology at the Faculty of Philosophy University of Osijek, Croatia. As a guest lecturer, she has also taught at universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the postgraduate course on foreign language learning strategies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her professional and research interests include individual differences in foreign language learning, language learning strategies, interlanguage, cross-linguistic studies, as well as pre-service teacher education and foreign language teachers‚e(tm) competence. She is currently an assistant professor and teaches a variety of under- and postgraduate courses related to theory and practice of foreign language acquisition.

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