ERIC Number: ED316025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Dictionaries Can Help Writing--If Students Know How To Use Them.
Jacobs, George M.
A study investigated whether instruction in how to use a dictionary led to improved second language performance and greater dictionary use among English majors (N=54) in a reading and writing course at a Thai university. One of three participating classes was instructed in the use of a monolingual learner's dictionary. A passage correction test administered before and after the instruction was used to assess instructional effectiveness. The amount and type of dictionary use on the course's final exam measured whether the instruction led to greater use of monolingual dictionaries. Results showed significant improvement on the passage correction test for the class receiving instruction in dictionary use, but none for the other classes. Also, the same class used monolingual dictionaries much more on the final exam. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, Dictionaries, Difficulty Level, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Utilization, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Tests, Majors (Students), Reading Instruction, Research Skills, Second Language Learning, Testing, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand