Type of Task and Type of Dictionary in Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition

| March 25, 2010
Title
Type of Task and Type of Dictionary in Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition

Keywords: Incidental words, Retention, bilingual nature and gender

Authors
Mojtaba Maghsodi

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Abstract
In this study, the effect of form-oriented comprehension and form-oriented production tasks on incidental vocabulary acquisition in terms of using either monolingual or bilingual dictionaries and also considering the gender and the bilingual nature of the subjects was investigated. To meet the aim, 161 Iranian EFL university students were invited to read a text including twelve unknown target words and complete the above-mentioned tasks. The subjects were informed that they were allowed to consult the pre-assigned dictionaries in order to look up the meaning of the target items. The results of the immediate and delayed vocabulary tests revealed that subjects using monolingual dictionaries (English to English) yielded better results in retention of the words irrespective of gender and bilinguality of the subjects.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 12 Issue 1