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Using Audio-visual Materials to Promote Vocabulary Learning
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Abstract

 

Researchers have long advocated language learning through reading and listening to meaning-focused input to develop L2 vocabulary knowledge (Nation, 2001). However, incidental vocabulary learning tends to be dependent on the amount of input that is encountered, and in the EFL context there may be insufficient L2 written and spoken input to fuel much vocabulary growth (Laufer, 2003). Audio-visual materials have been neglected as a source of L2 input for language learning. Viewing L2 television, movies, and online videos has the potential to increase the amount of L2 input that is encountered in both the EFL and ESL contexts, and in turn the number of words that could be learned incidentally (Webb & Nation, 2017). This talk will highlight the reasons why it is useful to include audio-visual materials in the language learning curriculum. It will also touch on how audio-visual materials might be incorporated into a language learning program.

 

Summary

 

Viewing L2 television, movies, and online videos has the potential to increase the number of words that can be learned incidentally. This talk will discuss why it is useful to include audio-visual materials in the language learning curriculum, and how audio-visual materials might be incorporated into a language learning program.

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