Hua (Flora) Zhong
Tutor in MEd (TESOL)
Second language vocabulary acquisition, Vocabulary assessment
Research project description
Previous research, focusing on the fragmentary stage of vocabulary learning, offers a general idea of how a word is learned. The progression from receptive vocabulary knowledge to productive word use is still unclear. Vocabulary size has been the primary focus of receptive and productive vocabulary research (see Webb 2008; Zimmerman 2004). However, size alone does not make the vocabulary available for use, which shows that vocabulary knowledge is more than meaning and form of a word. Depth of vocabulary knowledge is also an essential part of the learners' language use (Read 2007; Ishii & Schmitt 2009). While size and depth are important indicators of a learner's vocabulary knowledge, they may not fully reflect the complex nature of vocabulary knowledge. The present study looks at the internal structure of vocabulary knowledge along the receptive and productive continuum under a multi-aspect framework informed by Nation (2001) and Coxhead (2011, 2012). It examines receptive knowledge of meaning, form, morphology, collocation and association and explores their relationship with productive vocabulary knowledge over time with a multi-task approach.
Hua Zhong is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She has previously taught English as a Foreign Language at high school level in China and currently tutors in the Master of Education (TESOL) program at the University of Sydney. In addition to teaching, Hua is also passionate about research. She holds a position as a research assistant in the fields of TESOL and educational psychology.
Selected conference presentations:
- Zhong, H. (2013). Exploring the transfer from receptive to productive vocabulary knowledge. Paper presented at the 8th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium. The University of Sydney, Australia, 7th Sep, 2013.
- Zhong, H. (2012). "I am on my way" - from unknown to known vocabulary knowledge. Paper presented at the AARE-APERA 2012 conference. The University of Sydney, Australia, 2nd-6th Dec, 2012.
- Zhong, H. (2012). Learning to use a word: What receptive vocabulary knowledge is needed for its productive use. Paper presented at the IeR Postgraduate Research Conference 2012. The University of Notre Dame, Australia, 19th Oct, 2012.
- Zhong, H. (2012). Killing two birds with one stone: Using Vocabulary Knowledge Scale as a self-assessment and diagnostic tool. Paper presented at the Independent Learning Association Conference 2012. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 30th Aug - 2nd Sep, 2012.
- Zhong, H. (2012). Modelling vocabulary knowledge. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Learning. University of London, UK, 14th-16th Aug, 2012.
- Zhong, H. (2011).The interface between receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge—vocabulary knowledge as a multidimensional construct. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011). The University of Auckland, New Zealand, 23rd-26th Nov, 2011.
- Zhong, H. (2011). Learning a word: From receptive to productive vocabulary use. Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL 2011). Osaka Japan, 10th-12th June, 2011.
- Zhong, H. (2010). The way forward: Vocabulary knowledge as a multidimensional construct. Paper presented at the TESOL Research Network Colloquium. The University of Sydney, 23 October 2010.
- Zhong, H. (2009). Which grows faster, receptive or productive vocabulary? Paper presented at the TESOL Research Network Colloquium. The University of Sydney, 5 September 2009.
Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarships 2010
Thomas T Roberts Education Fellowships 2011
Outstanding Research Student Award Semester Two 2012
NSW IeR Student Research Grant 2012
ALAA Postgraduate Travel Scholarship 2013
Professional and community roles
Member of NSW Institute for Educational Research
Member of Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ)
Member of The Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
|The interface between receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge||PhD||Dr David Hirsh|
- Zhong, H. (2012). Multidimensional Vocabulary Knowledge: Development from Receptive to Productive Use. In D. Hirsh (Ed.), Current Perspectives in Second Language Vocabulary Research (pp. 23–55), Bern: Peter Lang.
- Zhong, H. & Hirsh, D. (2009). Vocabulary growth in an English as a foreign language context. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 4, 85–113.
- Zhong, H. (2013). Receptive word comprehension and productive word use. In May, S. (Ed.). LED2011: Refereed conference proceedings of the 3nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. ISBN: 978-0-473-24021-9. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland, 22-25 November 2011.
- Zhong, H. (2011). Learning a word: From receptive to productive vocabulary use. In The Asian Conference on Language Learning Conference Proceedings 2011 (pp. 116–126). Osaka, Japan, 10-12 June 2011.