The Correlation between EFL Learners' Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge and Their Oral Collocational Errors

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石素錦(Su-Chin Shih);王宏均(Hung-Chun Wang)

Key Words

字彙深度 ; 詞彙搭配詞 ; 搭配詞錯誤 ; 情境作用 ; Depth of vocabulary knowledge ; lexical collocation ; collocational error ; task



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

3期(2006 / 12 / 01)

Page #

85 - 102

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Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This study examined the correlation between EFL learners' depth of vocabulary knowledge (DVK) and their lexical collocational errors in speaking. The participants were 75 seniors from the English department at a university in southern Taiwan. Two instruments were adopted to gather data-an in-depth vocabulary knowledge measure and three oral production tasks. Three research questions were addressed in this study: (1) How does EFL learners' DVK correlate with the number of their lexical collocational errors in speaking; (2) how do EFL learners with diverse levels of DVK differ in the error types of their lexical collocational errors; (3) is there any correlation between EFL learners' lexical collocational errors and different types of oral production tasks? The results of this study are (1) low-proficiency learners had a higher inaccuracy rate of lexical collocations than high-proficiency learners; (2) both high-proficiency and low-proficiency groups produced more Li (verb + noun) and L2 (adj. + noun; noun + noun; noun + adj.) errors than other error types, but the statistical results displayed that the EFL learners' DVK did not have a significant effect on the error types of lexical collocations; (3) the subjects produced significantly more lexical collocational errors in the prepared speech than in the tasks of description of a single picture and picture-cued storytelling. Based on the findings, it is suggested that language teachers teach different features of words in vocabulary instruction. Furthermore, test designers of speaking assessments should take into account the influence of task types on learners' performance in speaking assessments.

Topic Category 人文學 > 語言學
人文學 > 外國文學
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