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English language receptive vocabulary profile: A case of novice business undergraduate students

Lateh, Nor Hazwani Munirah and Shamsudin, Sarimah and Abdul Raof, Abdul Halim (2019) English language receptive vocabulary profile: A case of novice business undergraduate students. Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS), 4 (2). pp. 29-44. ISSN 0127-9319

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol4iss2pp29-44


One of the challenges for undergraduate students is coping with the demand for English language use at universities. Generally, vocabulary knowledge of learners affects how well learners can function in the language, whereby better vocabulary attainment enables more effective use of the language. Thus, it is vital to understand the vocabulary ability of university students to ensure that their overall English language proficiency could be enhanced. This study explores the receptive vocabulary profile of 35 novice business undergraduates at a public university in Malaysia. The profile was explored in terms of size and level. Two tests were administered -- the Vocabulary Size Test (Nation & Beglar, 2007) and Vocabulary Levels Test (Schmitt, Schmitt, & Clapham, 2001). In terms of size, the results indicate the average was 2971 word families (the maximum known was 3800). This is in line with their vocabulary level which reveals 97% of the students did not reach the mastery level of 3000 word family level i.e. have not acquired adequate vocabulary to be able to use the language. The study offers insights into the profile of receptive vocabulary of novice undergraduate students which could be used to enhance vocabulary teaching and learning at universities.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:vocabulary size, word families
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:89455
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:22 Feb 2021 01:47
Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 01:47

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