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Possible reasons and strategies for the “Threshold Phenomenon” in free active: evidence from interviews with L2 learners


Yue, Y and Fan, Si and Hao, Z, Possible reasons and strategies for the 'Threshold Phenomenon' in free active: evidence from interviews with L2 learners, Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Arts, Management, Education and Innovation (ICAMEI 2019), 12-14 Jan, 2019 International Conference on Arts, Management,, pp. 293-302. ISBN 978-1-989348-05-5 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.23977/icamei.2019.054


Free active vocabulary (FAV) is of great significance in second language (L2) learning. To some extent it determines the quality of speaking and writing. Meanwhile, FAV seems to be difficult to be acquired, and the FAV threshold phenomenon has been repeatedly detected in L2 learning. However, possible reasons and effective strategies for the threshold phenomenon were seldom explored. This study investigates students’ consciousness on FAV development, teachers’ guidance on FAV learning, the learning strategies students adopt (if any) to enlarge FAV storage, and the teaching strategies (if any) teachers adopt to assist students’ FAV development. The aim of the study is to find factors in learning and teaching that may affect FAV development, and to find possible ways to facilitate FAV development.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:free active vocabulary, threshold phenomenon, stagnation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Ms Yinglai Yue)
UTAS Author:Fan, Si (Dr Frances Fan)
ID Code:142565
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-01-27
Last Modified:2022-09-07
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