Temple University Japan:
Distinguished Lecturer Series: Lexical Input Processing, the TOPRA Model, and Effective Vocabulary Instruction
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Joe Barcroft (Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A.)
This seminar focuses on (a) lexical input processing (lex-IP), referring to how learners allocate their limited processing resources when they are exposed to novel vocabulary; (b) the type of processing - resource allocation (TOPRA) model and its predictions for how different types of tasks and input manipulations affect vocabulary learning; and (c) implications of research on lex IP and TOPRA when it comes to vocabulary instruction. The seminar reviews studies on a range of tasks, including writing target words in sentences, copying target words, and attempting to retrieve target words, as well as studies on different ways of structuring input, such as by increasing repetition of target words or increasing the amount of acoustic variability used when presenting target words in spoken input. The findings of these studies have practical implications that have been incorporated in the effective input-based incremental (IBI) approach to vocabulary instruction, which is the focus of the final portion of the seminar. Students in the seminar complete projects that include original IBI lessons along with commentary on how theory and research inform instructional practice in this area.
Organization: Temple University Japan
Venue: 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047 (map)
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