Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Incidental Vocabulary Learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_2213

In vocabulary acquisition, a distinction is frequently made between incidental and intentional vocabulary acquisition. Incidental vocabulary acquisition is generally defined as the learning of vocabulary as the by-product of any activity not explicitly geared to vocabulary learning. The most frequently quoted example being vocabulary learning as a by-product of reading.

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