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The Use of Eye-Tracking in the Measurement and Description of Vocabulary Acquisition and Knowledge
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Abstract

A major concern of vocabulary researchers has been to find the most efficient way to teach and learn new vocabulary. Although the lexical gains accruing from different learning approaches have traditionally been measured by offline tests, researchers have recently started to use eye-tracking to examine vocabulary learning, providing a direct record of learners’ allocation of attention during the learning process. The combination of offline and eye-movement data provides a new and fuller picture of the vocabulary acquisition process. This presentation will discuss this new direction in vocabulary research. It will first describe how unknown words are processed while being encountered in different types of exposure, including written input, multimodal exposure, and typographically enhanced input. It will then discuss the empirical evidence available for the relationship between eye movements and learning gains. Main methodological concerns in this new trend of vocabulary research will also be considered and future directions will be identified.

 

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This presentation will discuss how eye-tracking can be used to examine vocabulary learning, and how the combination of offline and eye-movement data provides a new, fuller picture of the vocabulary acquisition process.  Methodological concerns of this new trend of vocabulary research will also be considered, and future directions identified.

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