JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2010, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 93-96.

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Effects of Ways of Glossing on Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition through Reading

SHI Jing-xia   

  1. School of Foreign Languages, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2008-07-14 Online:2010-03-25 Published:2010-05-10

Abstract:

The present paper studies through experiments the effects of double- glossing, single-glossing, and no-glossing on incidental acquisition and maintenance of new words while reading an English article. The results show that: 1) double-glossing conduces most to incidental vocabulary acquisition, single-glossing plays a significant role, too; 2) double-glossing conduces more than no-glossing to the maintenance of new words, but as for the comparison between double-glossing and single-glossing, single-glossing and no-glossing, the former has no significant advantage.

Key words: incidental vocabulary acquisition, double-glossing, single-glossing, no-glossing

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