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Secondary School Students' Understanding of and Strategies for Vocabulary Acquisition: A Phenomenographic Approach to Language Learning
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9170-1459
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0748-790x
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Language Teaching and Research, ISSN 1798-4769, E-ISSN 2053-0684, Vol. 9, no 5, p. 895-904Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies on vocabulary learning have provided valuable knowledge of what it means to know a word and how people learn. Few studies have focused on what students’ understanding of word knowledge and vocabulary acquisition can contribute with in a language-learning context. Considering the vital importance of vocabulary in language learning, this study explores students’ experiences of word knowledge and vocabulary learning with a point of departure in phenomenographic research. By interviewing a group of Swedish secondary school students about their understanding of word knowledge and what strategies they employ to learn new words in English, categories of description emerged showing that although the majority of the students reported that they perceive word knowledge as contextual, they primarily employ decontextualised strategies when studying vocabulary. This discrepancy seems to be closely connected to how vocabulary is tested and assessed in school. 

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Academy Publication , 2018. Vol. 9, no 5, p. 895-904
Keywords [en]
Vocabulary acquisition, phenomenography, second language learning, vocabulary learning strategies, student understanding
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Educational Sciences Didactics Pedagogy
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English and Education; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71126DOI: 10.17507/jltr.0905.02OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71126DiVA, id: diva2:1253754
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 1;2018-10-12 (johcin) 

Available from: 2018-10-05 Created: 2018-10-05 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved

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