The principle and effect of redundancy in the retention and transfer of idiomatic expressions in english as a foreign language

Authors

  • Miguel Angel Farías Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Katica Adriana Obilinovic Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Roxana Cecilia Orrego Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Keywords:

multimodal learning, the redundancy principle and effect, idiomatic expressions, English as a Foreign Language

Abstract


The principle and effect of redundancy seem to hinder learning in several domains. In this paper we report on a study that intended to find out whether such redundancy has also negative effects on the learning of idiomatic expressions in English as a Foreign Language. The subjects were two groups of college students exposed to two kinds of multimodal presentations: one group to on-screen text, narration and static images and the other to on-screen text and narration. According to the redundancy principle, the former presentation contains a redundant element that would lead to cognitive overload. Although results show no major differences between the two groups concerning retention, in transfer differences were found that may be attributed to the semantic features of the vocabulary presented.

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Author Biographies

Miguel Angel Farías, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Miguel Farías, Ph. D. President of the National Society of Teachers of Foreign Languages ​​in Higher Education (SONAPLES). Professor of the Master's Program in Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH) and Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Humanities. Teacher of the Pedagogy in English career at USACH. His research interests include discourse analysis and multimodal learning and foreign languages.

Katica Adriana Obilinovic, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Katica Obilinovic, Ph. D. Secretary of the National Society of Teachers of Foreign Languages ​​in Higher Education (SONAPLES). Director of the Master's Program in Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH). Teacher of the Pedagogy in English career at USACH. His research interests focus on multimodal learning and foreign languages.

Roxana Cecilia Orrego, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Roxana Orrego, Ph. D. Professor in the Master's Program in Linguistics and in the Pedagogy in English at the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH). His research interests include discourse analysis, academic writing, and multimodal learning and foreign languages.

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Published

2013-03-04

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Farías, M. A., Obilinovic, K. A., & Orrego, R. C. (2013). The principle and effect of redundancy in the retention and transfer of idiomatic expressions in english as a foreign language. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 18(1), 9–17. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/10831

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Empirical Studies