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Learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition : a case on narrative and expository texts

Shokouhi, Hossein and Maniati, Mahmood 2009, Learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition : a case on narrative and expository texts, English language teaching, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 13-23.

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Title Learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition : a case on narrative and expository texts
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hossein
Maniati, Mahmood
Journal name English language teaching
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 23
Total pages 11
Publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education
Place of publication Toronto, ON
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1916-4742
1916-4750
Keyword(s) incidental
intentional
explicit
implicit
vocabulary
acquisition
narrative
expository
Summary This study was intended to determine whether or not the genre of a reading text affects the incidental vocabulary acquisition of L2 learners while reading. To this aim, 40 Iranian EFL students whose vocabulary knowledge was within a limited range (already determined by Nation’s Vocabulary Levels Test) were divided into two groups of 20 each for the reading sections. The Narrative Group comprised the participants who read the narratives, and the Expository Group were those who read the expository texts. Three types of vocabulary tests (i.e., Form recognition, Meaning translation and Multiple-choice items) were administered after the reading sessions to assess the incidental vocabulary gains of the participants. Overall, this study demonstrated the relative superiority of expository texts over narratives in terms of enhancing readers' incidental acquisition of unknown words. It is argued that depending on the genre of a text, readers will invest processing resources with different depths and varying degrees of cognitive elaboration for the task of comprehension.
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Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Canadian Center of Science and Education
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