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Is receptive vocabulary knowledge a predictor for english as a second language learners’ level of speaking performance?

Lateh, N. H. M. and Shamsudin, S. and Singh, M. K. S. and Said, S. M. (2017) Is receptive vocabulary knowledge a predictor for english as a second language learners’ level of speaking performance? Advanced Science Letters, 23 (4). pp. 2907-2910. ISSN 1936-6612

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Abstract

Research studies from a few decades ago have explored relationship between learners’ vocabulary knowledge and language skills namely speaking, writing, listening and reading. However, there is hardly any study which examines the link between receptive vocabulary knowledge and speaking proficiency of Malaysian learners of English as a second language (ESL). This paper therefore aims to present a study which was conducted to systematically investigate how well receptive vocabulary knowledge predicts the speaking performance of ESL students studying at pre-university level. Seventy Malaysian ESL pre-university students participated in the study. In order to collect the data, the Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT) and a MUET-like speaking assessment were administered. The result reveals that there is no statistically significant correlation between the students’ receptive vocabulary knowledge level and their speaking performance. This study thus concludes that receptive vocabulary knowledge is not a significant predictor of speaking performance of ESL pre-university students.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Malaysian University English Test (MUET), Receptive vocabulary knowledge, Speaking performance
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Education
ID Code:75285
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:27 Mar 2018 14:09
Last Modified:27 Mar 2018 14:09

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