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gloss

Shiny appearance of a surface. See matt surface.
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if only we could have the glosses in the Bevington edition, combined with the best of the introductions in the Riverside and Norton editions, the design of the Riverside, with its generous margins, the ancillary materials from the Norton, and Dubrow's essay from the Riverside .
Glosses are most commonly placed in the margin (along the same line as the glossed word) or, less frequently, next to the glossed word or expression within the text.
My scepticism about its learning value derives exactly from the conviction that it does not involve leamers directly in a search for lexical information; in mere encountering glosses they actually obtain information mechanically without any cognitive or affective involvement on their part.
Notwithstanding, glossing can be of much greater learning value, provided it is a cognitive act performed by learners themselves; this condition is fulfilled when learners are actively involved in creating their own glosses to satisfy their individual learning needs.
Secondly, since glosses facilitate comprehension of the text being studied and increase reading comprehension fluency it follows that the perceived success in reading gives learners a sense of achievement and psychological comfort.
Therefore, if learners themselves create glosses for themselves in order to learn, then learner glossing has to be considered a learning strategy.
Another reason for further research is the obvious fact that learners make glosses with the apparent aim of learning new and difficult L2 vocabulary.
Ad d) Again, advanced learners create glosses less frequently than less advanced or beginners.
Ad e) Here, the survey confirmed the expectation (based on pedagogical experience) that learner glosses are usually placed either in the margin or directly above the glossed word.