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Title: Frequency of use, perceived usefulness, and actual usefulness of second language vocabulary strategies : a study of Hong Kong learners
Authors: Fan, MY
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Modern language journal, 2003, v. 87, no. 2, p. 222-241 How to cite?
Journal: Modern language journal 
Abstract: This study is the largest scale project ever conducted in Hong Kong concerning the learning of English vocabulary by Cantonese speakers. The aims of the project were threefold: (a) to find out the vocabulary size of the tertiary students and whether they need help with academic vocabulary, (b) to identify the strategies that are conducive to learning vocabulary in general and the strategies that are especially useful for learning high- and low-frequency words in particular, and (c) to look at the discrepancies among the frequency of use, the perceived usefulness, and the actual usefulness of vocabulary strategies. The participants in the study included 1,067 students who had recently been offered places by the 7 local institutions of higher education. A vocabulary test and a vocabulary learning strategy questionnaire were used for data collection. Whereas in an earlier work (Fan, 2001) the author reported the findings in relation to the first aim, this article focuses on the findings for the second and third aims. ANOVA and Multiple Regression were employed for data analysis. The results of the study shed light not only on the strategy profile of the Hong Kong learners in general but also on the complexity involved in strategy use. Strategies relevant to the learning of L2 vocabulary as well as high- and low-frequency words are identified, and their implications are thoroughly discussed.
ISSN: 0026-7902
EISSN: 1540-4781
DOI: 10.1111/1540-4781.00187
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