Claudia R. Kost(M.S., Purdue University) is in the doctoral program for Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Textual and Pictorial Glosses: Effectiveness on Incidental Vocabulary Growth When Reading in a Foreign Language
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1999 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 89–97, March 1999
How to Cite
Kost, C. R., Foss, P. and Lenzini, J. J. (1999), Textual and Pictorial Glosses: Effectiveness on Incidental Vocabulary Growth When Reading in a Foreign Language. Foreign Language Annals, 32: 89–97. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1999.tb02378.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The present study investigates the effects of pictorial and textual glosses and a combination thereof on incidental vocabulary growth of foreign language learners. Subjects from second-semester German classes read a narrative text passage under one of three marginal gloss conditions: textual gloss (English translation); pictorial gloss; and text and pictures in the gloss. Subjects were tested on production as well as recognition of fourteen target words both immediately following and two weeks after the reading. Support was found for the hypothesis that subjects utilizing a combination of text and pictures in the gloss would outperform subjects under the other two gloss conditions on the recognition of target words on both short-term memory and retention.