The short readings project: A CALL reading activity utilizing vocabulary recycling

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In 2003 multimedia-based English Trailers ( joined the vast array of web sites dedicated to language learning enabling students, either autonomously or in a CALL classroom, to study English via movie commercials. To assist students in comprehending 10 trailers found on the site, the authors created the Short Readings Project: a CALL activity that utilizes recycling to pre-teach 112 vocabulary items found in the trailers via a series of 15 short readings. After completing the readings & accompanying vocabulary comprehension checks, & viewing the 10 trailers, students are exposed to all target vocabulary a minimum of 6 times. This paper discusses the pedagogical foundations of this project by examining the existing literature on L2 learning strategies pertaining to reading & vocabulary comprehension, & the effects of repeated exposure of vocabulary in a reading context. Then, the methodology & use of the Short Readings Project is delineated, along with the results of a recent testing phase that demonstrated a significant increase in score for the 119 participants in the study. Tables, Figures, References. Adapted from the source document

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  • Andrew Johnson

  • Neil Heffernan

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