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Which Elements Matter? Constructing Word Cards for English Vocabulary Growth
Barry Lee Reynolds1; Wei-Hua Wu2; Ying-Chun Shih3
2020-05
Source PublicationSAGE Open
ISSN2158-2440
Volume10Issue:2
Abstract

An English reading class of 10th graders (N = 50) was asked to self-construct English word cards for unknown vocabulary incidentally encountered when completing textbook readings. The students were assigned this task to determine what linguistic and nonlinguistic elements they would self-select to include on the cards and whether the appearance of those particular self-selected elements affect English vocabulary growth. Learners’ second language (L2) vocabulary size was assessed before and after the investigation, and learners’ self-constructed word cards were subjected to qualitative analysis uncovering additional “elements” included on the cards that were not suggested by the classroom teacher. Among the uncovered “element” themes (i.e., Formulaic Language, Word Formation, Additional Language Features, Creativity, Misunderstanding, and Carelessness), Word Formation was found to correlate significantly with L2 vocabulary growth. A multiple regression model accounted for 15.8% of the variance in vocabulary growth of which word formation explained the most variance, yielding a medium effect. A critical discussion of findings is provided in connection with previous literature to elucidate the feasibility of incorporating word card construction into L2 classroom instruction while also providing teachers suggestions on implementing a word card construction component into their classes.

KeywordL2 Vocabulary L2 Vocabulary Growth Vocabulary Acquisition Word Cards
DOI10.1177/2158244020919512
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectSocial Sciences, Interdisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000535980400001
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBarry Lee Reynolds
Affiliation1.University of Macau,Faculty of Education,Macao
2.Taipei Municipal Nanmen Junior High School,Taiwan
3.National Taipei University of Business,Department of Applied Foreign Languages,Taiwan
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Barry Lee Reynolds,Wei-Hua Wu,Ying-Chun Shih. Which Elements Matter? Constructing Word Cards for English Vocabulary Growth[J]. SAGE Open,2020,10(2).
APA Barry Lee Reynolds,Wei-Hua Wu,&Ying-Chun Shih.(2020).Which Elements Matter? Constructing Word Cards for English Vocabulary Growth.SAGE Open,10(2).
MLA Barry Lee Reynolds,et al."Which Elements Matter? Constructing Word Cards for English Vocabulary Growth".SAGE Open 10.2(2020).
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