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ERIC Number: EJ815122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Evaluating L2 Readers' Vocabulary Strategies and Dictionary Use
Prichard, Caleb
Reading in a Foreign Language, v20 n2 p216-231 Oct 2008
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. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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