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ERIC Number: EJ912192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
A Reader Response to File and Adams's "The Reality, Robustness, and Possible Superiority of Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition"
Mason, Beniko; Krashen, Stephen
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v44 n4 p790-793 Dec 2010
File and Adams (2010) conclude that their data confirm the superiority of form-focused vocabulary instruction over incidental acquisition. The authors of this response argue that File and Adams's data actually confirm the reality, robustness, and possible superiority of incidental acquisition. Their subjects heard two passages read to them that contained target words that were set in bold and were explained either before or during the course of the reading. There were also target words in each passage that were not explained or set in bold, as a test of incidental acquisition. The gains in word knowledge were indeed greater for the taught words, but the gains for the incidental words were impressive, despite the fact that the conditions for acquisition were far from ideal. In addition, incidental learning might have been more efficient: There was more time devoted to the taught words. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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