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Effects of monolingual and bilingual subtitles on L2 vocabulary acquisition


Li, M and Hennebry-Leung, M, Effects of monolingual and bilingual subtitles on L2 vocabulary acquisition, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching pp. 1-29. ISSN 0019-042X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1515/iral-2022-0034


This study investigates the differential effects of monolingual (L1 or L2) and bilingual (L1+L2) subtitles on studentsí receptive vocabulary acquisition. In light of the widespread use of bilingual subtitles in videos in language classrooms with limited supportive literature available, this study aims at examining the pedagogical effects of bilingual subtitles on receptive vocabulary acquisition in the L2 classroom. A seven-week quasi-experimental study was conducted among four year-3 English-major classes in a Chinese university: three treatment groups and one control group. Adopting a counterbalanced design, students in the treatment classes were exposed to three types of subtitles within three videos. They were then tested on recall and recognition of the vocabulary target items encountered in the videos. The results demonstrate a significant advantage for bilingual subtitling in videos in terms of studentsí vocabulary recognition and recall at post-test, and this advantage is maintained at the delayed post-test. Implications of the study are discussed in the context of current pedagogical practices such as a wider L1 use in the L2 classrooms.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vocabulary acquisition, bilingual subtitles, first language use, monolingual subtitles, word meaning recognition, word recall
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Hennebry-Leung, M (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
ID Code:155248
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-02-07
Last Modified:2023-02-07

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