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An Analysis of Vocabulary in Collaborative Writing Performance of Japanese Learners of English at University

FUJIWARA Yumi,1* SATO Erina2

Article first published online: August 4, 2015
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Abstract

The present study is an attempt to analyze the vocabulary of Japanese English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners’ collaborative writing performance, as compared to individual writing performance, especially focusing on tokens (i.e. the total number of words), types (i.e. the number of different words), lexical diversity, and lexical sophistication: in this study, the Guiraid index is used as a measure of lexical diversity and the Lexical Frequency Profile (LFP) as a measure of lexical sophistication. Prior to the study, 128 university students in Japan were administered a Productive Vocabulary Levels Test (PVLT). Study participants were selected based on their productive vocabulary as determined by this test. As a result, a total of 90 Japanese EFL learners were chosen as participants in the comparative analysis: 30 participants engaged in a picture description task individually, whereas 60 did the same task in pairs, leading to 30 paired texts in total. The results of this study revealed that the participants who engaged in pair work produced more varied and lower-frequency words in comparison with those who worked individually, although pair work did not result in a significant improvement in the number of word tokens. In sum, collaborative writing involving peer interaction can help EFL learners improve access to their vocabulary and function as a pedagogical tool facilitating language learning and teaching.

JAS4QoL – Volume 1(3) (July, 2015)



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The rodents written in “Chin-gan-Sodate-gusa”: - Review of an old Japanese book on breeding and genetics of mice -

NISHIKAWA Tetsu, AIURA Satoshi

Article first published online: October 15, 2015 Full Article (PDF)  

 

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Multiple-Choice versus Written Test Scores in Pharmacy English Learning: Correlation of Test Methods and Comprehension through Teaching

FOONG Foo Wah, OGASAWARA Hiroyuki, NOGUCHI Ayako, HASAGAWA Keito, MATSUNO Hikari, WAJIMA Rikako

Article first published online: July 26, 2015

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Science teaching through practical work: Preventing children from shying away from science

Minoru OZEKI, Kyoko KOHNO, Ikuko TAKAO, Arika OTANI, Etsuko HIRAYAMA, Shigeo TAKESHIMA, Tooru KIMURA, Toru WAKATSUKI, Tatsuya KITADE

Article first published online: July 29, 2015

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An Analysis of Vocabulary in Collaborative Writing Performance of Japanese Learners of English at University

FUJIWARA Yumi, SATO Erina

Article first published online: August 4, 2015

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Supplementary Notes

Summaries of the Presentations in the First International Annual AS4QoL Meeting

Article first published online: October 25, 2015

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