Receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge in the English-medium environment

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - 8 Jun 2018

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Title12th Annual Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes Conference, NFEAP Conference 2018
LocationOslo Metropolitan University
PlaceNorway
CityOslo
Period7 - 8 June 2018

Abstract

Recent years have seen a rapid growth in English-medium instruction (EMI), the popularity of which is due in part to the belief that it will produce incidental language learning outcomes; that is, by being exposed to English, students will become more proficient users of English. At the same time, success in the EMI environment requires students to be able both to produce academic genres such as essays and other writing assignments, and to consume 'receptive' genres such as textbooks. Good skills in English are therefore an enabler of EMI, while improved skills are an expected outcome.

One important area of academic literacy is vocabulary, as it underpins the ability to read, write, speak and listen at university; in other words, tasks involving both receptive and productive genres. This paper will report the results of an investigation into the receptive and productive academic vocabulary knowledge of students in the EMI environment. Tests of receptive academic vocabulary were administered to university students. Productive academic vocabulary knowledge was measured through a corpus of academic writing produced by similar students at the same university. The corpus was profiled for academic vocabulary. The findings were then compared with the results on the test of receptive vocabulary, to establish the extent to which the students' receptive and productive vocabularies differed.

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Diane Pecorari is Professor of English Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong. Hans Malmström is Reader (Docent) in English Linguistics and works in the Division for Language and Communication at Chalmers University of Technology.

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Receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge in the English-medium environment. / Pecorari, Diane; Malmström , Hans.

2018. 12th Annual Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes Conference, NFEAP Conference 2018, Oslo, Norway.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperpeer-review