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The effects of computer-assisted extensive reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition. A meta analysis

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The effects of computer-assisted extensive reading on L2 vocabulary acquisition. A meta analysis

Speaker: Peter Wood, University of Saskatchewan

Research into extensive reading in the L2 suggests that independent extensive reading can lead to an increase in incidental vocabulary acquisition (cf. Laufer, Nation, Grabe), as long as the texts learners attempt to read are adequate for their individual proficiency level.

In the area of CALL (computer-assisted language learning), a considerable amount of research has been carried out on the effects of independent extensive reading using computers. Most of this research explicitly or at least implicitly addresses the question of whether using a computer as opposed to traditional print media has a noticable effect on the learning outcome.

After giving a  brief overview of CALL, and computer assisted reading in particular, this presentation will examine the results of some of the more recent studies on computer-assisted extensive reading in the L2 in order to find out what generalizations, if any, can be drawn from them and how language teachers and learners might benefit from the available research in this field.


Dr. Peter Wood received his PhD in German Studies from the University of Waterloo, ON Canada in 2010. He teaches Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, and ESL courses at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Wood’s areas of interest are computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning, second language acquisition, and empirical linguistics.