Incidental Vocabulary Learning through Reading

Daskalovska, Nina (2014) Incidental Vocabulary Learning through Reading. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, 5 (1). pp. 57-65. ISSN 2190-4677

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A lot of studies on vocabulary learning have demonstrated that one of the ways of acquiring vocabulary is through reading. The purpose of this study was to replicate the study conducted by Zahar, Cob and Spada (2001) and compare the results with the original study and another replication study using the same design. The study was conducted with university students who were in their first year of studying English language and literature. In order to establish the participants’ vocabulary size, Nation’s Vocabulary Levels Test (1990) was used. The effect of the reading treatment was determined by using a pretest-posttest design. The results of the posttest showed that the participants learned one in three previously unknown words. There was a positive relationship between the participants’ vocabulary size and the relative gains as well as between the frequency of the words in the text and the relative gain scores. The findings suggest that learners’ general knowledge and cognitive abilities may be significant factors that affect the rate of vocabulary acquisition through reading.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Nina Daskalovska
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 09:32

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