Lexical availability as an instrument for the lexical evaluation of Greek SFL learners

  • Kiriakí Palapanidi National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Keywords: lexical availability, Greek learners of Spanish, lexical competence, evaluation of lexical competence

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to show that the lexical availability test can be used as a tool for evaluation of foreign language learners’ lexical competence. Evaluating the vocabulary knowledge of a learner is a complicated procedure, because knowing a word involves many different aspects. Despite the fact that the lexical availability test cannot evaluate all these, we believe that it can be a useful tool for evaluation of the size of productive thematic vocabulary with
different purposes: evaluating progress in the knowledge of this aspect and identifying gaps in the learners’ vocabulary knowledge. In order to test this, we analyse the responses in a lexical availability task of two groups of Greek SFL learners of two different linguistic levels, B1 and C1 and compare their responses to the prompt La casa. Then, we compare their responses with the Curricular Plan of the Instituto Cervantes. The results show us that the lexical availability test can be a useful tool for evaluation of the size of productive thematic vocabulary, and it could reveal gaps in the learners’ knowledge in the analysed area of interest on condition that a centre of interest which permits the production of all types of words has been selected.

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Published
2019-12-22
How to Cite
Palapanidi, K. (2019). Lexical availability as an instrument for the lexical evaluation of Greek SFL learners. Verba Hispanica, 27(1), 47-71. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.27.1.47-71