25.3106, Diss: English; Applied Linguistics: Heidari-Shahreza: 'The Effects of Number of Repetitions, L1 Lexicalization and Cultural Loadedness...'

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Subject: 25.3106, Diss: English; Applied Linguistics: Heidari-Shahreza: 'The Effects of Number of Repetitions, L1 Lexicalization and Cultural Loadedness...'

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Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:45:39
From: Mohammad Ali Heidari-Shahreza [maheidari.sh at gmail.com]
Subject: The Effects of Number of Repetitions, L1 Lexicalization and Cultural Loadedness on Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition by Iranian Adult EFL Learners

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Institution: University of Isfahan 
Program: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2014 

Author: Mohammad Ali Heidari-Shahreza

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Number of Repetitions, L1 Lexicalization and 
 Cultural Loadedness on Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition
by Iranian Adult EFL Learners 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Dissertation Director(s):
Ahmad Moinzadeh
Hossein Barati

Dissertation Abstract:

The present study, through a quasi-experimental design, investigated the
possible effects of three important factors on successful incidental
vocabulary acquisition of 20 English target words (TWs). The first factor to
explore was repetition or repeated exposure to TWs through reading passages
(one, three or seven encounters). The second factor to investigate was the
possible effect(s) of L1 (i.e. Persian) lexicalization. As the third factor,
the study explored and contrasted the acquisition of culturally-loaded words
to see how they differed from culturally neutral TWs. Furthermore, retention
(within a three-week span) was taken into account by a delayed posttest. Seven
aspects of vocabulary knowledge were measured, including receptive and
productive knowledge of orthography, parts of speech, association and meaning.
Results showed that, in general, increasing the number of exposure to TWs
(from one to three or seven) had a positive effect on incidental acquisition.
However, there were significant differences in the gains observed for
different aspects of vocabulary knowledge both immediately and after three
weeks. Despite some differences, both non-lexicalized (NL) and
culturally-loaded (CL) words appeared to cause learning difficulty mainly in
semantic aspects of vocabulary knowledge. The findings of this study were
discussed and pedagogical implications were highlighted for language teachers
and learners.







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