Taking a Closer Look at Vocabulary Learning Strategies: A Case Study of a Chinese Foreign Language Class

Authors

  • Paula M. Winke,

    1. Michigan State University
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      Paula M. Winke (PhD, Georgetown University) is Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • Rebekha Abbuhl

    1. California State University, Long Beach
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      Rebekha Abbuhl (PhD, Georgetown University) is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California.


Abstract

Over the past decades, there have been a number of studies investigating the vocabulary strategies used by learners of Indo-European languages, especially English. However, studies of the strategies used by learners of non-Indo-European languages are rare. This classroom-based case study investigates the vocabulary learning strategies used by nine learners of Chinese as aforeign language and tests a taxonomy, based on Long's (1996) interaction hypothesis, for classifying strategies that mayfacilitate our understanding of strategies and their role within second language acquisition.

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