The Correlation between High-frequency Vocabulary Size and College English Test-band-four Scores
Huaqing He, Lijuan Yan
Available Online March 2018.
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- high-frequency vocabulary; receptive vocabulary; productive vocabulary; scores of CET-4
- This paper investigates the relationship between the level of high-frequency vocabulary and CET-4 scores of 302 first-year non-English majors of a normal university in China along both the receptive and productive dimensions. The results indicate that (1) students’ high-vocabulary size is somewhat restricted and their receptive and productive vocabularies are not balanced, or more precisely, the average receptive vocabulary size is more than twice as great as the average productive vocabulary size; (2) The receptive vocabulary of the students has no significantly positive correlation with their total scores or scores on any part of CET-4, whereas their productive vocabulary has a significantly positive correlation with their total scores and their scores on each part of CET-4; (3) There is a significant difference in high-frequency vocabulary among students of different English language levels. The findings in this paper are a warning for current English vocabulary teaching in China, which focuses on the breadth and reception of vocabulary knowledge while attaching little importance to its depth and production.
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TY - CONF AU - Huaqing He AU - Lijuan Yan PY - 2018/03 DA - 2018/03 TI - The Correlation between High-frequency Vocabulary Size and College English Test-band-four Scores BT - 2nd International Conference on Culture, Education and Economic Development of Modern Society (ICCESE 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/iccese-18.2018.110 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/iccese-18.2018.110 ID - He2018/03 ER -