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The role of electronic pocket dictionaries as an English learning tool among Chinese students

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posted on 2009-12-01, 00:00 authored by H L Jian, F E Sandnes, Kris LawKris Law, Y P Huang, Y M Huang
This study addressed the role of electronic pocket dictionaries as a language learning tool among university students in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The target groups included engineering and humanities students at both undergraduate and graduate level. Speed of reference was found to be the main motivator for using an electronic pocket dictionary. Next, the functionality used was found to be connected to the language proficiency of the learner. Finally, multimedia content was ranked least important. The results of this study have implications for the design of electronic dictionaries and for the teaching of second languages with electronic dictionaries. In particular, device developers should focus on improving the accessing speed and pay less attention to multimedia functionality. Educators should ensure that the device functionality matches the language proficiency level of the students. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Journal

Journal of computer assisted learning

Volume

25

Issue

6

Pagination

503 - 514

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0266-4909

eISSN

1365-2729

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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