An investigation of incidental vocabulary acquisition in relation to learner proficiency level and word frequency


Tekmen E. A. F. , Daloglu A.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS, cilt.39, sa.2, ss.220-243, 2006 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 39 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2006.tb02263.x
  • Dergi Adı: FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.220-243

Özet

This study examined the relationship between learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition and their level of proficiency, and between acquisition and word frequency in a text. Participants were Turkish learners of English at three proficiency levels. One reading text and four vocabulary tests were administered over a two-week period. Analyses of the data revealed that lexical gains from reading were significant for each group (p < .05). The higher proficiency groups were able to acquire more words than lower level groups. Word frequency in the text was also a significant factor in vocabulary acquisition (p < .05), with 29% of the variance in acquisition being accounted for by frequency. However, frequency did not play a greater role in the vocabulary acquisition of lower level learners than in that of higher level learners.