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Evaluating L2 readers’ vocabulary strategies and dictionary use

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dc.contributor.author Prichard, Caleb
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-22T02:06:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-22T02:06:43Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10
dc.identifier.issn 1539-0578
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66820
dc.description.abstract A review of the relevant literature concerning second language dictionary use while reading suggests that selective dictionary use may lead to improved comprehension and efficient vocabulary development. This study aims to examine the dictionary use of Japanese university students to determine just how selective they are when reading nonfiction English texts for general comprehension. The findings suggest that high-intermediate and advanced learners are often selective when considering whether to look up a word. However, a third of the participants in this study were judged to have used the dictionary excessively. In addition, a quarter of the words looked up in the study were neither essential to the articles’ main points nor frequent or useful words, according to corpus research. It is concluded that some learners might benefit from training in selective dictionary use.
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.subject vocabulary strategies
dc.subject dictionary use
dc.subject reading online
dc.title Evaluating L2 readers’ vocabulary strategies and dictionary use
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10125/66820
prism.volume 20
prism.number 2
prism.startingpage 216
prism.endingpage 231
local.rfl.topic Lexis
Appears in Collections: Volume 20, No. 2 Special Issue: Reading and Vocabulary


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