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The Language Hoax

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Title: Zur Wirkung von Bedeutungserklaerungsverfahren auf Verstehen und Behalten
Author: Gert Henrici
Author: Ekkehard Zöfgen
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Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: The article describes the results of an empirical project dealing with the effects of explanations of meaning on the comprehension and retention of foreign language students. The two test runs are described with German as a Foreign Language, English and French as the relevant languages. In each run, one group for each language was confronted with contextual (explanations) and another with non-contextual explanations (synonyms). Both the varying results in the areas of comprehension and retention as well as the methodological aspects such as the change in design from run one to run two are presented. As far as methodological queries are concerned the research makes use of retrospective procedures in order to gain insight into learner-internal data.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Zeitschrift fuer Fremdsprachenforschung 2 (1991), 30-65


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