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Understanding the Role of Systematic Decay as Part of Vocabulary Acquisition
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Abstract

 

Practitioners and researchers have long known that foreign language lexical knowledge decays after learning (Schmitt, 2000). Studies typically report, for instance, a loss of vocabulary knowledge between immediate and delayed post-tests. To date, however, minimal systematic investigation of such foreign language lexical loss has been undertaken. In fact, despite the potentially important implications for foreign language pedagogy, the variables that influence the extent and speed of decay have received less research attention than those that affect acquisition. This talk compares studies that have considered the decay of foreign language lexical knowledge to those from the acquisition literature to highlight the differences between the processes of learning and decay, and in doing so, it justifies the need for more research in this area. It also discusses key methodological concerns and introduces potentially fruitful lines of future research.

 

Summary

 

This talk compares studies that have considered the decay of foreign language vocabulary knowledge to those from the acquisition literature to highlight the differences between the processes of learning and decay.  It also discusses key methodological concerns and introduces potentially fruitful lines of future research on lexical decay.

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