Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language by Yongyan ZhengDynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language by Yongyan Zheng

Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign Language

byYongyan Zheng

Paperback | June 13, 2012

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The Dynamic Systems Theory perspective offers new lenses to probe into long-term foreign language development. This book reports on findings of a longitudinal multiple-case study on the vocabulary development of eight university-level Chinese learners of English. Framed within the Dynamic Systems framework, the study assumes a holistic perspective towards vocabulary knowledge and aims to project a comprehensive picture of vocabulary development in a typical foreign language learning setting such as the Chinese context. To this end, a wide array of quantitative measurements and qualitative methods was employed. In-depth examination was given to both psycholinguistic and sociocultural processes involved in the complex and dynamic development of vocabulary knowledge. Efforts were also made to establish meaningful links between the learners’ cognitive, mental, pedagogical and social contexts. Although the focus is on vocabulary development, what is discussed in the book is applicable to a wide range of topics in foreign language learning and development.
Yongyan Zheng is Lecturer in the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fudan University, China. She obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong with the auspices of Swire PRC-HKU Doctoral Scholarship. Her research interests include Dynamic Systems Theory of second language development, second languag...
Title:Dynamic Vocabulary Development in a Foreign LanguageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:June 13, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034311060

ISBN - 13:9783034311069

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Table of Contents

Contents: Dynamic Systems Theory approach to foreign language vocabulary development – English language education in China today – Macro-level development of vocabulary knowledge – Micro-level development of vocabulary knowledge – Situated experiences of vocabulary learning – Learners’ motivational self-images – A dynamic model of foreign language vocabulary development.

Editorial Reviews

«Zheng’s work has the merit of having innovatively opened the path for much needed applied research in L2 vocabulary development, which promises to advance our understanding of some of the factors playing a role in the development of non-native linguistic systems.» (Gloria Cappelli, Linguist List 26.645, January 2015)