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"I Learn Loads of Vocabulary Merely by Watching Films": An Investigation of Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition for Swedish L2 Learners of English from One Viewing of a Film without Subtitles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main aims of this investigation were to study whether there are any incidental vocabulary acquisition gains to be made from one viewing of a film without subtitles, of what nature these possible gains are, and whether the gains can be related to vocabulary onset size. A final sample size of 26 Swedish high school students in their final year participated in the study. A pretest including a questionnaire, a vocabulary size test and a vocabulary knowledge scale, and a posttest including a vocabulary knowledge scale, were carried out before and after viewing the selected film. The results show that there are significant but small incidental vocabulary acquisition gains to be made. The gains seem to be development of depth of vocabulary knowledge rather than breatdh/size; however, since the instrument used to measure the nature of the gains proved to be defective these results are inconclusive. No correlation between vocabulary onset size and vocabulary gains could be found.

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2011. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
Second Language Acquisition; Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition; Vocabulary Breadth; Vocabulary Depth; Vicabulary Knowledge Development; Vocabulary Size Test; Vocabulary Knowledge Scale
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Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-72487OAI: diva2:499667
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved

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