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50th Anniversary Linguistics Colloquium | Young learners’ L2 Spanish vocabulary acquisition through captions, Feb. 4

The Linguistics Colloquium series presents Ohio University alumna Tetiana Tytko discussing “Young learners’ L2 Spanish vocabulary acquisition through captions” on Friday, Feb. 4, from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. via Microsoft TEAMS.

Contact Dr. David Bell, associate professor and chair of Linguistics at Ohio University.


Tytkois a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, College Park and earned an M.A. Applied Linguistics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2020.


Abstract: This talk will discuss a research proposal to investigate the effect of captions on L2 vocabulary acquisition in the music-based language learning platform Rockalingua. Specifically, by adopting an experimental research design, the study will examine how Rockalingua utilizes bimodal multimedia input for better learning and retention of high-frequency target grammatical and vocabulary structures in Spanish. No previous studies have compared dynamic vs static captions in the process of L2 Spanish vocabulary development of young learners. Drawing on SLA theories of multimedia language learning, this presentation is going to discuss pedagogical ramifications as well as benefits and shortcomings of using captions in language learning classrooms.


About Linguistics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration


“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us again this spring, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS Fridays 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. to celebrate our anniversary,” said Dr. David Bell, chair of the Linguistics Department, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s general support fund.


He noted that all funds go to support our students’ registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.


“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

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