student profile: Ms Xuan Wang


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Thesis work

Thesis title: The Relationship between Receptive and Productive Vocabulary Sizes for EFL High School Learners in China

Supervisors: David HIRSH , Aek PHAKITI

Thesis abstract:

This study is based on quantitative analysis to investigate the relationship between receptive and productive vocabulary sizes in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context. 256 participants have been recruited from three high schools of different performance levels in China. This study, firstly, will investigate the relationship between different vocabulary sizes including receptive vocabulary size, controlled productive vocabulary size and free productive vocabulary size. This study will also examine the effects of three individual variations (reading proficiency levels, length of exposure to English and current stream) on the detected relationships. This study is designed to contribute to better understanding of the relationship between receptive and productive vocabulary size because this will assist in improving the design of educational curricula to ensure that both students’ receptive and productive knowledge is improved and in turn students’ vocabulary development will take place in a balanced and comprehensive manner.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Wang, X. (2014). The relationship between lexical diversity and EFL writing proficiency. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 9, 65-88.

2014

  • Wang, X. (2014). The relationship between lexical diversity and EFL writing proficiency. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 9, 65-88.

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