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    To what extent does long-term foreign language education help improve spoken second language lexical proficiency?

    Saito, Kazuya (2019) To what extent does long-term foreign language education help improve spoken second language lexical proficiency? TESOL Quarterly 53 (1), pp. 82-107. ISSN 0039-8322.

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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 seven 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 comparable proficiency levels 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.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Kazuya Saito
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 14:00
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22835

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