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Title: L2 English Receptive and Productive Vocabulary in Senior Learners
Author(s): MARTÍNEZ ADRIÁN, María , GALLARDO DEL PUERTO, Francisco
Journal: ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 160 Date: 2010
Abstract This study aims to analyse the effect of previous foreign language (FL) contact on the acquisition of receptive and productive vocabulary by senior learners in the early stages of English acquisition. Additionally, we also explore the relationship between receptive vocabulary and productive vocabulary as well as the link between lexical competence and reading comprehension. Results confirm that false beginners consistently outperform true beginners, supporting previous research findings (Fukai, 2000; Watt, 1997). Receptive and productive vocabulary were found to be positively correlated, which indicates a direct relationship between the passive and the active knowledge of FL vocabulary. In agreement with previous research (Agustín Llach and Terrazas Gallego, 2009; Laufer, 1992; Quian, 2002), we found a positive correlation between senior learners’ lexical competence and their reading comprehension.