Can Virtual Noticing Enhance L2 Students’ Lexical Complexity? A Study of the Effects of Online Discussions on L2 Learners’ Lexical Complexity

  • Diana Al Jahromi University of Bahrain

Abstract

The primary aim of this study was to investigate the impact of using online discussions on L2 learners’ lexical complexity (LC) using a blend of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to measure how L2 learners’ lexical variation, lexical density, and lexical richness can be influenced by online interactions facilitated in virtual discussions. In a quasi-experimental study, 50 3rd –year University of Bahrain L2 students were divided into an experimental group, which was involved in both in-class discussions and online discussion, and a control group, which was involved in in-class discussions only.  These students’ lexical variation, lexical density, and lexical richness were analysed and compared using three measures: type/token ratio (TTR), the total number of lexical words divided by total no. of words (L/W) and P_Lex lambda using measures of central tendency and independent sample t-tests. Overall results suggest that L2 learners’ LC can be significantly enhanced through the utilization of online discussions in L2 learning settings due to a number of interrelated cognitive factors. Accordingly, a number of significant implications and recommendations have been delineated.
Published
Dec 28, 2020
How to Cite
AL JAHROMI, Diana. Can Virtual Noticing Enhance L2 Students’ Lexical Complexity? A Study of the Effects of Online Discussions on L2 Learners’ Lexical Complexity. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 32-54, dec. 2020. ISSN 2490-4198. Available at: <http://arjals.com/index.php/Arab_Journal_Applied_Linguistics/article/view/275>. Date accessed: 12 apr. 2021.
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