The potential benefits of subtitles for enhancing language acquisition and literacy in children: An integrative review of experimental research

Black, Sharon (2021) The potential benefits of subtitles for enhancing language acquisition and literacy in children: An integrative review of experimental research. Translation, Cognition & Behavior, 4 (1). pp. 74-97. ISSN 2542-5277

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Abstract

While a considerable body of experimental work has been conducted since the beginning of the 1980s to study whether subtitles enhance the acquisition of other languages in adults, research of this type investigating subtitles as a tool for enhancing children’s language learning and literacy has received less attention. This study provides an integrative review of existing studies in this area and finds extensive evidence that subtitled AV content can indeed aid the acquisition of other languages in children and adolescents, and that it can moreover enhance the literacy skills of children learning to read in their L1 or the official language of the country in which they live and receive schooling. Recommendations for future research are also made, and it is highlighted that further research using eye tracking to measure children’s gaze behaviour could shed new light on their attention to and processing of subtitled AV content.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: subtitles,language acquisition,literacy,cognitive processing,children
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 23:59
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2021 01:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79948
DOI: 10.1075/tcb.00051.bla

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