A Review of Four Studies on Measuring Vocabulary Knowledge Akiyo Hirai University of Tsukuba doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.hirai Download this article (pdf) Abstract The purpose of this paper is to review each of the following four vocabulary studies: (1) Estimations of Japanese University Learners’ English Vocabulary Sizes Using the Vocabulary Size Test (VST), by Stuart McLean, Nicholas …

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Estimating Learners’ Vocabulary Size under Item Response Theory Aaron Gibson and Jeffrey Stewart Kyushu Sangyo University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.gibson.stewart Download this article (pdf) Abstract Perhaps the most qualitatively interpretable vocabulary test score is an estimate of the total number of words the learner knows in the tested domain, such as a frequency word list, or vocabulary …

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Test Taking and DK Use on the Vocabulary Size Test Dawn Lucovich Teachers College Columbia University, The Writing Center doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.lucovich Download this article (pdf) Abstract This study continued an investigation of test strategy and usage of an ‘‘I don’t know’’ (DK) option on the 20,000-word family, 100-item Vocabulary Size Test (VST; Nation & Beglar, …

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Local Item Dependence on the Vocabulary Levels Test Revisited Tadamitsu Kamimoto Kumamoto Gakuen University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.kamimoto Download this article (pdf) Abstract The purpose of this study was to address the question of local item dependence (LID) on the Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT). The test format adopts a matching format consisting of six words and three …

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Estimations of Japanese University Learners’ English Vocabulary Sizes Using the Vocabulary Size Test Stuart McLean(a), Nicholas Hogg(b) and Brandon Kramer(c) (a) Temple University, Japan; (b) Osaka Yuhigaoka Gakuen High School; (c) Momoyama Gakuin University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.mclean.et.al Download this article (pdf) Abstract Measuring students’ lexica is time-consuming, as one sitting of the Vocabulary Size Test (VST) …

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Vocabulary in a Second Language: Selection, Acquisition, and Testing: A Commentary on Four Studies for JALT Vocabulary SIG Batia Laufer University of Haifa doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.laufer Download this article (pdf) Abstract Four papers by Charles Browne, Rachael Ruegg & Cherie Brown, Makoto Yoshii and Junko Yamashita were presented in the morning session of the Third Annual …

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Effects of Instruction on Yes-No Responses to L2 Collocations Junko Yamashita Nagoya University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.yamashita Download this article (pdf) Abstract The lexical decision task (LDT), in which a participant makes dichotomous judgments on target letter strings, is an established method in psycholinguistic research to investigate the mental lexicon. With the expansion of research interests from …

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Effects of Glosses and Reviewing of Glossed Words on L2 Vocabulary Learning through Reading Makoto Yoshii Prefectural University of Kumamoto doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.yoshii Download this article (pdf) Abstract This study is an attempt to integrate incidental and intentional vocabulary learning in a reading activity without sacrificing the enjoyment of reading. The paper reports on a study …

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Analyzing the Effectiveness of Textbooks for Vocabulary Retention Rachael Ruegg and Cherie Brown Akita International University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.ruegg.brown Download this article (pdf) Abstract Although many language educators are aware of factors necessary for vocabulary acquisition and retention, in many institutions around the world instructors are required to use textbooks as a basis for instruction, yet, …

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A New General Service List: The Better Mousetrap We’ve Been Looking for? Charles Browne Meiji Gakuen University doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v03.2.browne Download this article (pdf) Abstract This brief paper introduces the New General Service List (NGSL), a major update of Michael West’s 1953 General Service List (GSL) of core vocabulary for second language learners. After describing the …

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