This work, led by Rachael Hulme and recently published in PeerJ explores vocabulary learning in adults from stories that were read in their native language.
A set of three experiments found that
- New words learned incidentally through stories were less susceptible to forgetting over 24 hours compared with a more intentional vocab learning paradigm.
- Vocab learning was strongly boosted when participants completed a brief test of the new vocab following story reading
See here for a twitter thread that summarises the key message.
Hulme RC, Rodd JM. 2021. Learning new word meanings from story reading: the benefit of immediate testing. PeerJ 9:e11693