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A Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge Test for French L2 Learners With Academic Reading Goals

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A Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge Test for French L2 Learners With Academic Reading Goals

Batista, Roselene (2014) A Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge Test for French L2 Learners With Academic Reading Goals. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Recent studies in second language acquisition have confirmed a positive correlation between L2 learners' lexical knowledge and their language abilities. In more specific terms, researchers are increasingly confirming the idea that vocabulary size greatly impacts reading comprehension. In order to estimate English L2 learners' vocabulary size, several kinds of receptive vocabulary tests have been developed. But what about French L2 learners? How is their vocabulary size measured? There appear to be few well designed measures available. This study describes the development and validation of a new measure for French, the Test de la taille du vocabulaire (TTV). The TTV is closely modeled on Nation's (1990) widely used Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT) and follows the guidelines written by Schmitt, Schmitt and Clapham (2001). The TTV draws on recent corpus-based frequency lists for French (Baudot, 1992; Lonsdale & Le Bras, 2009). Initially, a pilot version was trialled with 63 participants, then an improved version was administered to 175 participants at four levels of proficiency. Results attest to the TTV's validity: scores indicate that the higher the group, the larger its vocabulary size. Moreover, the mean scores across the four word sections decrease as the test sections became more difficult. This assessment tool also proved to be reliable as performance on the test confirmed learners' level as determined by the institutional placement test. Post-test interviews with the participants confirmed their knowledge of the test words. Recommendations for improving the TTV, implications for theory and practice, and limitations will be discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Batista, Roselene
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Applied Linguistics
Date:3 March 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Horst, Marlise
ID Code:978313
Deposited By: ROSELENE D.S. BATISTA
Deposited On:26 Jun 2014 19:42
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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