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A Discussion of Working Memory Measurement in Second Language Research

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DOI: 10.25236/icited.2021.053


Li Yuheng, Wang Yaning

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Li Yuheng


Working memory is an crucial cognitive system for language comprehension and production. In second language acquisition research, working memory is always tested through many measuring methods, including simple span tests like digit span test, word span test and nonword span test, and complex span test like reading span test and backward digit span test. These tests are used in many studies and could be modified according to different research situations. From the perspective of the application of working memory tests, with all these different versions of working memory measuring tests, there are still many important issues like the nature, current limitations and the secondary task of working memory span test that need to be concerned.


Working memory; Working memory measurement; Second language