INCIDENTAL VOCABULARY ACQUISITION IN A SECOND LANGUAGE

@article{Huckin1999INCIDENTALVA,
  title={INCIDENTAL VOCABULARY ACQUISITION IN A SECOND LANGUAGE},
  author={Thomas H. Huckin and James Coady},
  journal={Studies in Second Language Acquisition},
  year={1999},
  volume={21},
  pages={181 - 193}
}
It is widely agreed that much second language vocabulary learning occurs incidentally while the learner is engaged in extensive reading. After a decade of intensive research, however, the incidental learning of vocabulary is still not fully understood, and many questions remain unsettled. Key unresolved issues include the actual mechanism of incidental acquisition, the type and size of vocabulary needed for accurate guessing, the degree of exposure to a word needed for successful acquisition… 

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