This book focuses on vocabulary acquisition in the areas of English
language learning either in a foreign or a second language environment.
Starting from the social phenomenon that a large number of Mainland Chinese
students obtain their further education in Western universities, the author
carries out a longitudinal study by using instruments of vocabulary levels
tests, questionnaires and interviews. On the basis of an in-depth
investigation of vocabulary strategy usage by Chinese learners in widely
differing environments, the author develops a model of vocabulary
acquisition. This is the first model to combine both linguistic and
non-linguistic strategies, motivation, and the stages of vocabulary
learning into one comprehensive representation of vocabulary acquisition.
The book not only offers a solid data base but also suggests effective
strategies to enhance English language teaching and learning.
Review of research related to vocabulary learning strategies - Vocabulary
acquisition in historical stages of teaching methodology - English language
teaching and learning in China - Quantitative data analysis in the
learners' vocabulary size and their vocabulary acquisition strategy usage -
Case studies of fastest and slowest progress makers and two comparative
case studies - Framework of key variables influencing Chinese overseas
learners' proficiency in vocabulary acquisition - Development of a lexis
learning model - Testability and prediction models.