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Title: A review of multimedia glosses and their effects on L2 vocabulary acquisition in CALL literature
Author: Mohammed Ali Mohsen
Institution: Najran University
Author: M. Balakumar
Institution: Central Institute of Indian Languages
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Abstract: This article reviews the literature of multimedia glosses in computer assisted language learning (CALL) and their effects on L2 vocabulary acquisition during the past seventeen years. Several studies have touched on this area to examine the potential of multimedia in a CALL environment in aiding L2 vocabulary acquisition. In this review, the researchers investigate the studies that deal with different modes of multimedia annotations in a CALL environment. This article reviews the empirical studies of multimedia glosses in reading as well as in listening comprehension activities and discusses the factors under which these studies have been conducted and their impact on L2 vocabulary acquisition. The study aims to understand how multimedia glosses have been used in the past to support second language vocabulary acquisition and also to explore any evidence regarding how multimedia glosses in a CALL environment can enhance the acquisition of L2 vocabulary. Only empirical studies (18 studies published in international refereed journals and conference) have been reviewed exclusively. The article discusses the findings of the reviewed studies and recommends future research.


This article appears IN ReCALL Vol. 23, Issue 2.

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