Vocabulary knowledge in the production of written texts: a case study on EFL language learners

Rodrigo Tovar Viera
Resumen

Vocabulary is essential in second and foreign language acquisition because without its appropriate and sufficient knowledge learners cannot understand others or express their own feelings. After a lengthy period of focusing on the development of grammatical competence, language instructors and researchers now recognize the importance of vocabulary learning. This paper examines how vocabulary knowledge influences in written production; it measured the lexical richness and lexical profile of argumentative essays written by EFL language learners. The instruments used in this study are the Vocabulary levels test and the Vocabprofile software, lextutor.ca. Data were collected from a quota sampling of 40 elementary learners who study English as foreign language. The results after the pedagogic intervention with a lexical approach revealed that the treatment group outperformed the control group in language production. The findings suggest that the vocabulary knowledge of foreign language is necessary; it provides learners a broader ability to produce well-structured written texts and contributes to the comprehension of utterances as well.

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Vocabulary knowledge in the production of written texts: a case study on EFL language learners. (2017). Revista Tecnológica - ESPOL, 30(3). https://www.rte.espol.edu.ec/index.php/tecnologica/article/view/628
Biografía del autor/a

Rodrigo Tovar Viera, Technical University of Cotopaxi

Rodrigo Tovar Viera is a PhD student from Ecuador and a recipient of a Stipendium Hungaricum grant. I am currently in the second year of the PhD Program in Applied Linguistics at University of Szeged, Hungary. I hold master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics to bilingual teaching: English-Spanish and University Teaching and Educative administration at Catholic University and Indoamerica University of Ecuador, respectively. I have also gained an ESL diploma at Army Polytechnic School, Department of Languages. My scholarly interest includes SLA and FLL, particularly in vocabulary acquisition, academic writing, and language development. My PhD project focuses on the writing academic style of native and nonnative writers. I teach language courses at the Faculty of Humanities and language studies at Technical University of Cotopaxi, Ecuador. I have been teaching language courses for 15 years.

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