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Longitudinal Developments in Vocabulary Knowledge and Lexical Organization$
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Brigitta Dóczi and Judit Kormos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210274.001.0001

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Individual Differences in Vocabulary Development

Individual Differences in Vocabulary Development

(p.139) 6 Individual Differences in Vocabulary Development
Longitudinal Developments in Vocabulary Knowledge and Lexical Organization

Brigitta Dóczi

Judit Kormos

Oxford University Press

Just as individuals differ in the overall success of their second language acquisition, L2 learners also vary with regard to the breadth and depth of their lexical knowledge. This chapter discusses the most important individual difference factors that can explain this variation in vocabulary learning outcomes. It focuses on one important cognitive variable—working memory and its various components—and a group of affective variables centered around the concepts of motivation and self-regulation. It is shown that working memory capacity is not only implicated in memorizing words but also helps L2 learners harness communicative situations for the acquisition of previously unknown words, additional word meanings, and other types of word knowledge. The chapter also considers how motivation and self-regulation in their interaction with the students’ educational context can influence vocabulary learning processes.

Keywords:   working memory, self-regulation, motivation, lexical knowledge, affective variables, vocabulary learning

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