VLI 6(1): Hatami (2017)

The Impact of Learner-Related Variables on Second Language Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition through Listening
Sarvenaz Hatami
California State University Long Beach
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7820/vli.v06.1.Hatami
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Little is known about the complex process of L2 incidental vocabulary
acquisition from listening and the factors that contribute to its success.
To expand our knowledge in this area, the present study investigated the
impact of five learner-related variables on L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition
from listening. These variables were gender, L2 vocabulary knowledge,
amount of L2 listening (for academic purposes and pleasure), level
of enjoyment, and (self-reported) level of comprehension. Ninety-nine
Iranian English as a foreign language (EFL) learners at pre-intermediate
levels of English proficiency were randomly assigned to a listening group
and a control group. Sixteen target words were chosen in a graded reader
and were then replaced by 16 English-like non-words. The participants
listened to the graded reader containing the 16 non-words and completed
a vocabulary post-test immediately after the listening session. The posttest
measured participants’ knowledge of five different dimensions of
word knowledge at the level of recognition. The findings revealed that
while gender and amount of L2 listening appear to have no impact on incidental
vocabulary gains from listening, L2 vocabulary knowledge, level of
enjoyment, and level of comprehension are important facilitating factors.

Hatami, S. (2017). The impact of learner-related variables on second language incidental vocabulary acquisition through listening. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction, 6 (1), 1–20. doi: 10.7820/vli.v06.1.Hatami