Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

Effective Word-guessing Clues with Chinese EFL Learners

Abstract

Yan Qin, Rong Zhang

This study aims to find out the frequently-used word-guessing clues by Chinese EFL learners in reading comprehension and examine the potential factors which affect their vocabulary acquisition performance. 60 Chinese studentswere required to complete a reading comprehension test and three questionnaires on their attitude and willingness to guess new words in an English article. The results indicate that (1) there is a relationship between Chinese learners’ word-guessing accuracy and their test scores for reading comprehension; (2) strategies Chinese EFL learners most frequently used may not effective as we expected in word acquisition; (3) Chinese learners with higher English proficiency tend to show more desirable performancein vocabulary acquisition. These findings provide pedagogical suggestions to English teachers on their instruction of effective unknown word guessing.

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