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Using Pedagogic Intervention to Cultivate Contextual Lexical Competence in L2

An Investigation of Chinese EFL Learners


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Gaiyan Wang
    Pages 1-19
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Gaiyan Wang
      Pages 23-62
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Gaiyan Wang
      Pages 145-167
    3. Gaiyan Wang
      Pages 169-183
    4. Gaiyan Wang
      Pages 185-206
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Gaiyan Wang
      Pages 209-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-265

About this book


This book challenges prevailing linguistic presumptions concerning contextual lexical meaning by determining whether pedagogic intervention targeted at raising Chinese EFL learners’ awareness of the pragmatic nature of contextual lexical meaning can enhance the learners’ contextual lexical inferencing competence (CLIC). CLIC is crucial to the development of their vocabulary, reading ability and autonomy in reading. Through an empirical study conducted among a group of adult Chinese students of English, the author shows that the power of CLIC instruction lies mainly in its effectiveness in enhancing learners’ self-confidence in making lexical inferences. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of applied linguistics, TESOL and language education more generally, and for language professionals keen to extend their research experience.

Wang Gaiyan is a professor at Xi’an International Studies University, China. She obtained her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China. Her research interests lie mainly in second language acquisition and pedagogy, including second language vocabulary acquisition in reading process, the nature of lexical meaning, and second language vocabulary pedagogy. The focus of her research is on incidental vocabulary acquisition in reading contexts.


contextual lexical inferencing competence (CLIC) pedagogy linguistic competence second language acquisition English as a foreign language lexical inference L2 reading Chinese EFL learners incidental vocabulary acquisition (IVA) lexical pragmatics reading comprehension (RC) learning autonomy in reading (LA) TESOL

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of English StudiesXi’an International Studies UniversityXi’anChina

About the authors

Gaiyan Wang is Professor at Xi’an International Studies University, China, and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA. Her research focuses on second language vocabulary acquisition, focusing on vocabulary acquisition in reading contexts and the cognitive mechanisms involved in lexical inferencing and incidental vocabulary acquisition.

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