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Ready for Academic Vocabulary?

Conference contribution
Authors Fredrik Lindqvist
Anne Dragemark Oscarson
Published in ASEAN-ELT 2018
Place of publication Malaysia
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords Academic vocabulary, self-assessment, CEFR
Subject categories , Educational Sciences


Academic vocabulary is an important part of studying at higher forms of education, something which is becoming increasingly important in a globalized world. There is little research done on how well prepared students deem themselves to be for the higher education requirements in e.g. English when they leave upper secondary school and whether they are able to assess their vocabulary skills with any degree of accuracy. In a master thesis a mixed method approach was used to explore this. Questionnaires were administered to a group of students enrolled in English at an upper secondary school in Sweden where they were asked to self-assess their vocabulary using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A few follow up interviews were then conducted to get a deeper understanding the students’ self-assessments. A vocabulary test was also administered and the results compared to the self-assessment. The results indicate that high performing students consider themselves well prepared for university studies but overestimate their vocabulary size and mastery of it, indicating that Swedish students may not have a realistic view of their abilities and not meet the curriculum’s goals.

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