Is Semantic Memory the winning component in Second Language Teaching with Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM)?

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Is Semantic Memory the winning component in Second Language Teaching with Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM)?

Author: Eleni Zimianiti
Source: LingUU Journal, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, pp. 54-62
Year: 2022
Published by: LingUU Journal

Abstract
This paper constitutes a research proposal based on Rousse-Malpalt’s
(2019) dissertation, which extensively examines the effectiveness of the
Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) in second language (L2) learning.
Although it has been found that AIM is a greatly effective method in  comparison with non-implicit teaching methods, the reasons behind its success and effectiveness are yet unknown. As Semantic Memory (SM) is the component of memory responsible for the conceptualization and storage of knowledge, this paper sets to propose an investigation of its role in the learning process of AIM and provide with insights as to why the embodied experience of learning with AIM is more effective than others. The tasks proposed for administration take into account the factors of gestures being related to a learner’s memorization process and Semantic Memory. Lastly, this paper provides with a future research idea about the learning mechanisms of sign languages in people with hearing deficits and healthy population, aiming to indicate which brain mechanisms benefit from the teaching method of AIM and reveal important brain functions for SLA via AIM.

Keywords
second language acquisition; semantic memory; embodied learning; gestures; brain activation