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Exploring learner factors in second language (L2) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading

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Title:Exploring learner factors in second language (L2) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading
Authors:Zhao, Aiping
Guo, Ying
Biales, Carrie
Olszewski, Arnold
Keywords:incidental learning
vocabulary acquisition
L2 reading
learner factors
Chinesespeaking English learners
Date Issued:Oct 2016
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This study examined the predictive role of several learner factors in second language (L2) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading, including: L2 proficiency, motivation, anxiety, and mastery of strategies. Participants were 129 English learners in a comprehensive university in China. Participants read two English texts and were given an unannounced vocabulary test to assess their incidental vocabulary acquisition. Their levels of motivation, anxiety, and mastery of strategies were measured by three specifically designed instruments that targeted incidental vocabulary acquisition. A multiple linear regression analysis revealed that L2 proficiency, anxiety, and mastery of strategies were positive and significant predictors of incidental vocabulary acquisition, although motivation was not. This confirms the role that learners’ linguistic, affective, and cognitive features play in L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66903
ISSN:1539-0578
DOI:10125/66903
Volume:28
Issue/Number:2
Appears in Collections: Volume 28, No. 2 Special Issue: Celebrating Linguistically Diverse Learners of St. Louis: Responsive Research and Practice for Literacy


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