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Role of Subtitles in L2 Acquisition and Comprehension: A Pilot Study of Hearing-Impaired Students

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Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab, Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Fannefjord High School, 6404 Molde, Norway
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Languages 2021, 6(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6010017
Received: 3 December 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 21 January 2021 / Published: 25 January 2021
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether subtitles can facilitate language processing in English as a second language (L2) and, if so, which subtitles would be more beneficial for hard-of-hearing students with Norwegian as their first language. In total, 14 advanced learners of L2 English were recruited and tested on English comprehension and target vocabulary items based on video material provided with subtitles in English or Norwegian in comparison to no subtitles (control condition). Subtitles aided comprehension of the plot, tested immediately after clip presentation, with an advantage for English subtitles over Norwegian subtitles and no subtitles. Furthermore, subtitles were found to enhance the performance of the participants with moderate hearing loss more than they did for mild hearing loss participants. The inclusion of English subtitles only marginally enhanced vocabulary understanding for both mild and moderate hearing loss students. The findings of this study can be transferred to classrooms and may supplement other methods of adjusting the academic environment, in order to meet the need of students with hearing loss. View Full-Text
Keywords: hearing loss; language development; second language acquisition; comprehension; subtitles hearing loss; language development; second language acquisition; comprehension; subtitles
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Vulchanova, M.; Kjølstad Lervåg, I. Role of Subtitles in L2 Acquisition and Comprehension: A Pilot Study of Hearing-Impaired Students. Languages 2021, 6, 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6010017

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Vulchanova M, Kjølstad Lervåg I. Role of Subtitles in L2 Acquisition and Comprehension: A Pilot Study of Hearing-Impaired Students. Languages. 2021; 6(1):17. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6010017

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Vulchanova, Mila, and Ingvild Kjølstad Lervåg. 2021. "Role of Subtitles in L2 Acquisition and Comprehension: A Pilot Study of Hearing-Impaired Students" Languages 6, no. 1: 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6010017

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