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ERIC Number: EJ1009547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1221
"It's Just Reflex Now": German Language Learners' Use of Online Resources
Larson-Guenette, Julie
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v46 n1 p62-74 Spr 2013
This study examined how often and to what extent university learners of German use online resources (e.g., online dictionaries and translators) in relation to German coursework, their motivations for use, and their beliefs about online resources and language learning. Data for this study consisted of open-ended surveys ("n" = 71) and face-to-face interviews ("n" = 13) with students from second-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-semester language courses. Results from both the survey and interview data revealed that learners consistently used online resources, including online dictionaries, translation sites, and other websites for reasons related to time efficiency, vocabulary, to "check" or "compare" their work, and general reference. As to whether or not the use of online resources contributes to learning, learners had mixed beliefs regarding the advantages and disadvantages of using online resources. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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