They are doing it: Viewing and L2 learning
Professor Carmen Muñoz (Universitat de Barcelona)
Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) talk
Tuesday April 16th, 2024, 4.00pm


More and more people are learning languages beyond the classroom walls, many of them through viewing audiovisual material such as TV series or YouTube reels. In this presentation I will share findings from studies about language learning through audiovisual input that we have conducted for almost a decade. Three are the distinguishing characteristics of these studies compared to other studies in this line of research. First, they are extensive studies, taking place in real classrooms over weeks or months. Second, participants have included, not only young adults (university students), but also adolescents and primary school learners. Third, the foci of these studies include vocabulary, comprehension, grammatical constructions, pronunciation, and pragmatics. Our findings shed light on relevant input- and learner-related factors that enhance the benefits of frequent viewing for L2 learning.