The effect of glossing on L2 comprehension and vocabulary learning : an experimental study

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The effect of glossing on L2 comprehension and vocabulary learning : an experimental study

 

Author: Leung, Siu-hong
Title: The effect of glossing on L2 comprehension and vocabulary learning : an experimental study
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1997
Subject: English language -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Reading comprehension
English language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: vi, 73 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1428650
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4145
Abstract: As an English teacher in Hong Kong, I am very much concerned reading problems among Secondary One students in relation to comprehension and vocabulary learning are not trivial. Glossing, being one of the feasible ways to deal with this matter, has long been debated for its value in reading materials. The main focus of the present study is the effect of L1 and L2 glosses in L2 reading text on comprehension and vocabulary learning. The students' attitude towards glossing was also investigated. This is an experimental study. There was one control group and two experimental groups. The control group was a no-gloss group while the first experimental group was a L1-gloss group and the second experimental group was a L2-gloss group. The subjects under study were 169 Secondary One students. The materials for data collection included a comprehension test and two vocabulary tests. A questionnaire was also used for collecting the opinion of the students. Findings of the study indicated that glossing has a positive effect on both comprehension and vocabulary learning in general. More importantly, L1 glosses play a significant role in helping the students with comprehension and vocabulary learning. This is especially so when it comes to a self-access mode of learning. These findings have significant implications on the preparation of reading materials and in particular, the Hong Kong Extensive Reading Scheme.

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