TITLE

THE EFFECT OF CULTURAL FAMILIARITY ON INCIDENTAL VOCABULARY ACQUISITION THROUGH READING

AUTHOR(S)
Pulido, Diana
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Sep2004, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The study examines the effects of cultural background knowledge on immediate incidental vocabulary gain through reading brief narratives that depicted either culturally familiar or culturally unfamiliar versions of everyday scenarios. Participants were high-intermediate adult learners of Spanish. Independent variables included (a) cultural familiarity, (b) group assignment, and (c) L2 passage sight vocabulary. The dependent variable was an adapted version of the Vocabulary Knowledge Scale (VKS), (Paribakht & Wesche, 1993). Each narrative contained 5 nonsense words depicting concepts frequently associated with the scenarios. Results of an ANCOVA revealed significant effects of cultural familiarity whereby vocabulary gains were greater after participants read within the culturally familiar versions of the scenarios. No significant effects were obtained for the variables of group or of L2 passage sight vocabulary, although a significant positive correlation was obtained on one passage. The discussion concerns the impact of the factor of cultural familiarity. Methodological issues are discussed.
ACCESSION #
15940297

 

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