Exploiting Vocabulary CALL Interventions to Operationalize and Test the Depth Levels of the Processing Model

  • Saad AlzahraniEmail author
  • Leah Roberts
Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)


This study examines the acquisition of Arabic vocabulary by students studying Arabic as a foreign language in a multimedia computer-assisted language learning environment. For this, the researchers designed three separate interactive interfaces: (1) the verbal-based menu-driven interface (L2-L1: MDI), (2) the visual-based graphical user interface (L2-Picture: GUI), and (3) the spatial-based zoomable user interface (L2-Context: ZUI). L2 novel words were delivered in each of these three teaching methods by means of computer-assisted vocabulary acquisition software. The participants of this current study consisted of British monolingual undergraduate students, whose performance was assessed and analyzed during immediate and delayed posttests. The findings proved consistent with levels of processing theory, suggesting that, in comparison to GUI and MDI, the deeper semantic processing resulting from ZUI tended to result in improved long-term retrieval.


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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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