Empirical Study on Relations between Gender Differences and English Vocabulary and the Overall Proficiency Level

Hansheng Yan


By comparing the cognitive CET-4 vocabulary, applied vocabulary and CET-4 scores of male group of English learners with that of female group of English learners in the university, the paper mainly discusses whether there exists gender difference in second language learning and whether female would keep their language advantages as time goes on. On the basis of analysis of the independent sample t in relevant data, the author of this article believes that there exist obvious differences in their CET-4 cognitive vocabulary, applied vocabulary and CET-4 scores, and that the female group always excels the male group in terms of both vocabulary and CET-4 scores. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that in second language learning in the university, there exist obvious gender differences among male and female and that female have language advantages. Finally, it is pointed out that these conclusions are just exploratory due to limitations of this study, and more research is required to make clear relations between gender and second language learning.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ass.v5n10p109

Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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