The optimal mode of input in second language vocabulary acquisition

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Is verbal or textual input more conducive to L2 vocabulary acquisition? For a long time, textual input has been regarded as the ideal mode of input for vocabulary learning. Many resources, therefore, have been allocated to the promotion of reading. In this seminar, I will cite theories and evidence to argue that verbal input can be more conducive to L2 vocabulary acquisition than textual input. I will also highlight the need to adjust the proportion of verbal versus textual input in English language teaching. Essentially, L2 English learners need extensive exposure to verbal materials (i.e., radio, videos, or audiobooks) in order to facilitate their mastery of English formulaic expressions. I will present my recent controlled experiment (Lin, 2021) which compared the form recall of novel 3-word expressions presented verbally or textually. The experiment involved 30 L1 and 182 L2 English learners. Its results showed that verbal input led to statistically significantly better recall than visual input for both L1 and L2 learners of English. These findings will be explained from both the working-memory and evolutionary perspectives.
Period14 Nov 2022
Held atYokohama City University, Japan
Degree of RecognitionInternational