A review of the effect of textual enhancement on L2 learners’ grammar acquisition: An analysis of topic familiarity and TE types





textual enhancement, grammar acquisition, topic familiarity, textual enhancement type, second language acquisition


The relationship between textual enhancement and L2 learners’ grammar acquisition has been widely explored by researchers, while mixed results were provided by various empirical research. This review aims to examine whether textual enhancement has a positive impact on the grammar acquisition of second language learners. Furthermore, the possible concurring moderating factors of topic familiarity and textual enhancement type are discussed in terms of their impact on form acquisition. The review concludes by acknowledging the challenges in definitively establishing the positive impact of textual enhancement on form acquisition, emphasizing the need for rigorous empirical research and critical evaluation of outcomes to enhance the integration of grammar instruction into meaning-based approaches.

Author Biography

  • Tian Gao, Guangdong University of Technology

    Gao Tian, an associate lecturer at Guangdong University of Technology, specializes in the interdisciplinary field of Economics and Applied Linguistics. Holding master’s degrees in International Studies from Chung-Ang University and Applied Linguistics from University College London, she brings a diverse academic background to her research pursuits. With six years experience of teaching English across Romania, South Korea, the UK, and China, her research interests encompass psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and critical discourse analysis. Her experience in language instruction, coupled with her commitment to unraveling the complexities of language acquisition and power dynamics in discourse, has cultivated a strong motivation to dive deeper into interdisciplinary research and foster collaborative endeavors.
    Email: tian.gao.18@alumni.ucl.ac.uk

Gao (2023)







How to Cite

Gao, T. (2023). A review of the effect of textual enhancement on L2 learners’ grammar acquisition: An analysis of topic familiarity and TE types. Journal of Language Teaching, 3(10), 23-29. https://doi.org/10.54475/jlt.2023.033

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