English expressive vocabulary growth and its unique role in predicting English word reading: A longitudinal study involving Hong Kong Chinese ESL children

Yingyi LIU, Siu Sze YEUNG, Dan LIN, Kwok Shing Richard WONG

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined the developmental trajectory of English expressive vocabulary and its relationship to English word reading in a sample of 141 Hong Kong children learning English as a second language (ESL). The children were observed six times at 3-month intervals over 15 months, from the spring of their second year of kindergarten (K2) to the end of their third year (K3). The development of English expressive vocabulary was nonlinear during the assessment period. With age, nonverbal IQ, English phonological awareness, letter knowledge and Chinese character reading controlled, the initial level of expressive vocabulary predicted English word reading 15 months later. More importantly, the expressive vocabulary growth rate during the 15 months also predicted English word reading. Our findings underscore the predictive power of the growth trajectory of expressive vocabulary in Hong Kong ESL children. Practical implications of the study are discussed. Copyright © 2017 Published by Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Volume49
Early online dateFeb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

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Liu, Y., Yeung, S. S-s., Lin, D., & Wong, R. K. S. (2017). English expressive vocabulary growth and its unique role in predicting English word reading: A longitudinal study involving Hong Kong Chinese ESL children. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 49, 195-202.

Keywords

  • Expressive vocabulary
  • Growth rate
  • Nonlinear growth
  • ESL children
  • English word reading