The role of eye dominance in recalling lexical items in second language acquisition

Author/s:

Shakouri, Nima*
Department of English, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran (shakouri.ni@gmail.com)

Maftoon, Parviz
Department of English, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran (maftoonp@gmail.com)

Abstract:

The purpose of the study was to investigate whether participants’ eye dominance can be an indicator of success in recalling lexical items in second language acquisition (SLA). In this regard, the present researchers selected 30 participants from a relatively popular English language center, Iranian Language Center located in Bandare-e Anzali, Iran. The participants were also homogenized on their language proficiency level using the Babel English Language Placement test. They were found to be at intermediate level of language proficiency. By means of a convergence near-point test, the researchers selected the participants who were right-and left-eyed dominants. The results of independent samples t-test indicated that eye laterality is not a valid indicator of participants’ success in recalling L2 lexical items.

Keywords: eye dominance; eye movement; eye preference; laterality; lexical items

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsll.2016.1643

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