ERIC Number: ED471315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-11
The Effects of Dictionary Use on the Vocabulary Learning Strategies Used by Language Learners of Spanish.
This study investigated the effects of dictionary use on the vocabulary learning strategies used by intermediate college-level Spanish learners to understand new vocabulary items in a reading test. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: control (without a dictionary), bilingual dictionary (using a Spanish-English dictionary), or monolingual dictionary (using a Spanish-only dictionary). A text appropriate for the students' language level served as the reading passage. Students' responses on the vocabulary learning strategies were collected from a questionnaire distributed to them regarding the vocabulary learning strategies they used to understand each target item. Results indicated that when a dictionary was available, students tended to consult it rather than guessing the meaning from context. Learners in the bilingual dictionary group tended to consult their dictionary more often than did those using a monolingual dictionary. However, bilingual dictionary users often did not attempt to use other learning strategies, while students in the other groups tended to use more strategies (e.g., analyzing morphemes and using cognates). Study data and instruments are appended. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages (4th, October 2001).