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ERIC Number: EJ803921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
What Makes Students Click: Working Memory and Look-Up Behavior
Chun, Dorothy M.; Payne, J. Scott
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v32 n4 p481-503 Dec 2004
Previous research on second language acquisition with multimedia has suggested that individual differences, including working memory capacity, play an important role in L2 vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension. In this paper, we report on a study of 13 students in a second-year German language course who read a German short story on a multimedia CD-ROM. They had access to multimedia annotations of difficult vocabulary words, and their actions were tracked while they looked up words and completed a vocabulary test and comprehension exercises. In order to assess their working memory capacity, they completed a nonword repetition test and a reading span test. Analyses suggest a relationship between phonological working memory (nonword repetition test) and the number of look-ups, with those individuals with lower verbal WM capacity looking up more words. These results suggest that students use the multimedia look-up features of the CD-ROM to compensate for working memory capacity constraints. To showcase the new multimedia capabilities of "System", we created screen capture movies that give readers a taste of the experimental treatment ("CyberBuch") and the working memory tests (reading span, nonword repetition) administered in the study. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Language: English
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