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ERIC Number: EJ815121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Beyond Raw Frequency: Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition in Extensive Reading
Kweon, Soo-Ok; Kim, Hae-Ri
Reading in a Foreign Language, v20 n2 p191-215 Oct 2008
Second language vocabulary can be learned incidentally while the learner is engaged in extensive reading or reading for meaning, inferring the meaning of unknown words (Huckin & Coady, 1999; Hulstijn, 1992; Krashen, 1993; Pigada & Schmitt, 2006). 12 Korean learners of English read authentic literary texts and were tested on their knowledge of vocabulary before reading (pretest), immediately after reading (Posttest 1), and 1 month after Posttest 1 (Posttest 2). The results showed a significant word gain between the pretest and Posttest 1 and that most gained words were retained at Posttest 2. Of the 3 different word classes that were used, nouns were a little easier to retain than verbs and adjectives. More frequent words were more easily learned than less frequent words across all 3 word classes. However, words of lower frequency were better learned than words of higher frequency when the meanings of the lower frequency words were crucial for meaning comprehension. (Contains 9 tables, 8 figures, and 4 notes.)
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail: readfl@hawaii.edu; Web site: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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