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To What Extent Does Long‐Term Foreign Language Education Help Improve Spoken Second Language Lexical Proficiency?

Saito, K; (2019) To What Extent Does Long‐Term Foreign Language Education Help Improve Spoken Second Language Lexical Proficiency? TESOL Quarterly , 53 (1) pp. 82-107. 10.1002/tesq.468. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study examined lexical aspects of second language (L2) speech attainment in the foreign language (FL) classroom setting (i.e., several hours of target language input per week). A total of 72 second‐year university students with 7 years of FL study and no experience abroad participated in the study. Their spontaneous speech was analyzed via a set of lexical measures and then compared to that of experienced, naturalistic Japanese L2 learners of English. According to the results, their lexical proficiency was factored into three dimensions—appropriateness (global, semantic, morphosyntactic accuracy), specificity (frequency, range), and abstractness (concreteness, meaningfulness, imageability, hypernymy). Overall, extensive FL education led many participants’ specificity performance to reach proficiency levels comparable to the baseline group. Approximately half of participants achieved such satisfactory proficiency in abstractness. The participants’ lexical appropriateness demonstrated a great deal of individual variability and was linked to the extent to which they had recently practiced the target language.

Type: Article
Title: To What Extent Does Long‐Term Foreign Language Education Help Improve Spoken Second Language Lexical Proficiency?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/tesq.468
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/tesq.468
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066036
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