The Correlation Study on the Relationship Between the Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge and Comprehensive Ability

Xinyue ZHANG, Yujiao PAN, Xiaoqi XU


This paper examines the correlation between English as a second language (ESL) learners’ depth of vocabulary knowledge and their comprehensive ability. Two tests, including the word associate test and CET4 paper, are given to the participants to assess what depth of vocabulary knowledge could add to the prediction of comprehensive ability, and whether the degree of this predictive power is the same among different level learners. The results from the scores indicate that depth of vocabulary knowledge has a positive correlation with the comprehensive ability, and this predictive contribution becomes bigger with the increased level of the comprehensive ability. Depth of vocabulary knowledge plays a fundamental role in these ESL learners’ comprehensive ability.


Depth of vocabulary knowledge; Comprehensive ability; Vocabulary acquiring for E

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