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Table 2 Requirements of English vocabulary sizes at different educational stages

From: Developing the China Standards of English: challenges at macropolitical and micropolitical levels

Educational stage Requirement of vocabulary sizea No. of word families new to each listb
Elementary (year 1–6) 700 404
Junior secondary (year 7–9) 1500 941
Senior secondary (year 10–12) 3500 1682
Non-English major undergraduate (basic) 4795 1204
Non-English major undergraduate (intermediate) 6395 1073
Non-English major undergraduate (advanced) 7675 1059
  1. Notes. aThe information was obtained from the national curricula; bThe information was provided by Dr. Tan Jin and Dr. Baichuan Li (Language Data 2016, retrieved on February 12, 2016 at http://languagedata.net/lpa/); A word family is the base form of a word plus its inflected forms and derived forms made from affixes (https://en.wikipedia.org)