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

  • 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.

Received: 04-17-12 / Reviewed: 08-21-12 / Accepted: 08-23-12 / Published: 03-19-13

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Farias, M., Obilinovic, K., & Orrego, R. (2013). El principio y efecto de redundancia en la retención y transferencia de expresiones idiomáticas en inglés como lengua extranjera. Íkala, revista de lenguaje y cultura, 18(1), 13-21.

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Author Biographies

Miguel Angel Farías, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Miguel Farías, Ph. D. Presidente de la Sociedad Nacional de Profesores de Lenguas Extranjeras en la Enseñanza Superior (SONAPLES). Profesor titular del Programa de Magíster en Lingüística de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) y Vicedecano de Investigación de la Facultad de Humanidades. Docente de la carrera de Pedagogía en Inglés en  USACH. Sus intereses investigativos incluyen análisis del discurso y aprendizaje multimodal y lenguas extranjeras.

Katica Adriana Obilinovic, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Katica Obilinovic, Ph. D. Secretaria de la Sociedad Nacional de Profesores de Lenguas Extranjeras en la Enseñanza Superior (SONAPLES). Directora del Programa de Magíster en Lingüística de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH). Docente de la carrera de Pedagogía en Inglés en USACH. Sus intereses investigativos se centran en aprendizaje multimodal y lenguas extranjeras.

Roxana Cecilia Orrego, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Roxana Orrego, Ph. D. Profesora en el Programa de Magíster en Lingüística y en la carrera de Pedagogía en Inglés en la Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH). Sus intereses investigativos incluyen análisis del discurso, escritura académica y aprendizaje multimodal y lenguas extranjeras.

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Published
2013-03-04
How to Cite
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, 18(1), 9-17. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/10831
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Empirical Studies