A review on recent development of the involvement load hypothesis

Haoran XIE, Di ZOU, Fu Lee WANG, Tak-lam WONG

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The Involvement Load Hypothesis, proposed by Laufer and Hulstijn in 2001, has been widely adopted and applied to estimate effectiveness of word-focused tasks in promoting word learning. With the development and shift of learning contexts, models and technologies in the past sixteen years, the involvement load hypothesis has been researched from various aspects. This review investigates the applications and theoretical developments of the hypothesis, focusing on two main areas: examination of the three components of the hypothesis, and comparison or integration of the hypothesis with other hypothesis or theories, for example, the technique feature analysis. Future developments in related fields are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlended Learning : New Challenges and Innovative Practices : 10th International Conference, ICBL 2017, Hong Kong, China, June 27-29, 2017, proceedings
EditorsSimon K. S. CHEUNG, Lam-for KWOK, Will W. K. MA, Lap-Kei LEE, Harrison YANG
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319593609
ISBN (Print)9783319593593
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Blended Learning - City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 27 Jun 201729 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10309 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Blended Learning
Abbreviated titleICBL 2017
Country/TerritoryHong Kong

Bibliographical note

The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/FDS11/E06/14). This article is based on part of Haoran Xie’s course essay (EDUCD0011 Understanding Educational Research) for the fulfillment of the Doctor of Education programme, which was submitted to University of Bristol in 2017.


  • Involvement Load Hypothesis
  • Vocabulary learning
  • Incidental learning
  • Second language acquisition


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