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ERIC Number: EJ895971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Invited Commentary: Vocabulary
Martinez, Ron; Schmitt, Norbert
Language Learning & Technology, v14 n2 p26-29 Jun 2010
While formal research into the effect various technologies have on vocabulary acquisition is still in its infancy, it is clear that--intentionally or incidentally--students have used various electronic media to learn new words for some time now. Moreover, although it is still far from clear exactly how one acquires vocabulary in a second language even from "traditional" media such as newspapers and books, the growing ethos among L2 pedagogy practitioners seems to be that technologies like computerized corpora, captioned videos, electronic games, and mobile phones can somehow enhance the learning and teaching of new words. In this article, the authors share their insights on the four papers discussed which contribute valuable evidence that technology is one medium through which vocabulary learning and teaching can be enhanced. They added that the majority of the studies presented suggest that the multimodality afforded by technology provides a way for the vocabulary learner to engage with language input in ways not possible with more paper-based media.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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