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The role of repeated exposure to multimodal input in incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary

Bisson, Marie-Josée; van Heuven, Walter J.B.; Conklin, Kathy; Tunney, Richard J.

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Marie-Josée Bisson

Richard J. Tunney



Abstract

Prior research has reported incidental vocabulary acquisition with complete beginners in a foreign language (FL), within 8 exposures to auditory and written FL word forms presented with a picture depicting their meaning. However, important questions remain about whether acquisition occurs with fewer exposures to FL words in a multimodal situation and whether there is a repeated exposure effect. Here we report a study where the number of exposures to FL words in an incidental learning phase varied between 2, 4, 6, and 8 exposures. Following the incidental learning phase, participants completed an explicit learning task where they learned to recognize written translation equivalents of auditory FL word forms, half of which had occurred in the incidental learning phase. The results showed that participants performed better on the words they had previously been exposed to, and that this incidental learning effect occurred from as little as 2 exposures to the multimodal stimuli. In addition, repeated exposure to the stimuli was found to have a larger impact on learning during the first few exposures and decrease thereafter, suggesting that the effects of repeated exposure on vocabulary acquisition are not necessarily constant.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 15, 2014
Journal Language Learning
Print ISSN 0023-8333
Electronic ISSN 0023-8333
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Bisson, M., van Heuven, W. J., Conklin, K., & Tunney, R. J. (2014). The role of repeated exposure to multimodal input in incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary. Language Learning, 64(4), doi:10.1111/lang.12085
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12085
Keywords Repeated Exposures, Frequency Effects, Incidental Learning, Multimodality, Foreign Language Vocabulary Acquisition
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lang.12085/abstract;jsessionid=F558998D66B0B8F3FCECA6CA85640221.f03t02
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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