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ERIC Number: EJ973179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1362-1688
The Effects of Word Exposure Frequency and Elaboration of Word Processing on Incidental L2 Vocabulary Acquisition through Reading
Eckerth, Johannes; Tavakoli, Parveneh
Language Teaching Research, v16 n2 p227-252 Apr 2012
Research on incidental second language (L2) vocabulary acquisition through reading has claimed that repeated encounters with unfamiliar words and the relative elaboration of processing these words facilitate word learning. However, so far both variables have been investigated in isolation. To help close this research gap, the current study investigates the differential effects of the variables "word exposure frequency" and "elaboration of word processing" on the initial word learning and subsequent word retention of advanced learners of L2 English. Whereas results showed equal effects for both variables on initial word learning, subsequent word retention was more contingent on elaborate processing of form-meaning relationships than on word frequency. These results, together with those of the studies reviewed, suggest that processing words again after reading (input-output cycles) is superior to reading-only tasks. The findings have significant implications for adaptation and development of teaching materials that enhance L2 vocabulary learning. (Contains 4 tables, 7 figures, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom