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The role of vocabulary in reading comprehension

Engku Ibrahim, Engku Haliza and Sarudin, Isarji and Muhamad, Ainon Jariah (2015) The role of vocabulary in reading comprehension. In: The Asian Conference for Language Learning 2015 (ACLL 2015), 30th April - 4th May, 2015, Kobe, Japan.

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Abstract

It is generally agreed that many factors contribute to one’s reading comprehension and there is consensus that vocabulary size one of the main factors. This study explores the relationship between second language learners’ vocabulary size and their reading comprehension scores. 130 Malay pre-university students of a public university participated in this study. They were students of an intensive English language programme doing preparatory English courses to pursue bachelors degree in English. A quantitative research method was employed based on the Vocabulary Levels Test by Nation (1990) and the reading comprehension score of the in-house English Proficiency Test. A review of the literature indicates that a somewhat positive correlation is to be expected though findings of this study can only be explicated once the final analysis has been carried out. This is an ongoing study and it is anticipated that results of this research will be finalised in the near future. The findings will help provide beneficial implications for the prediction of reading comprehension performance. It also has implications for the teaching of vocabulary in the ESL context. A better understanding of the relationship between vocabulary size and reading comprehension scores will enhance teachers’ and students’ awareness of the importance of vocabulary acquisition in the L2 classroom.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 1357/44171 (ISSN: 2186-4691)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vocabulary size, vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, ESL
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (principles and practices)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Datin Dr. Engku Haliza Engku Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 15:35
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2015 15:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44171

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