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The Effect of the Computer Dictionary and the Paper Dictionary on L2 learners' Vocabulary Acquisition

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Authors
Kim, Najeong
Issue Date
2003
Publisher
Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language 2, 1-18
Keywords
paper dictionary; computer dictionary; vocabulary acquisition; attention
Abstract
This paper investigates the effect of the computer dictionary and the paper dictionary on L2 learners' vocabulary acquisition while reading. Thirty-seven Korean college students divided into a computer dictionary group and a paper dictionary group read a short text for comprehension with access to a dictionary and were tested on the retention of the 14 target words. The results show that (1) while L2 learners read a short text, they look up significantly more words using the computer dictionary than using the paper dictionary, (2) the computer dictionary has a more positive effect on learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition by drawing learners' attention to the words than the paper dictionary, and (3) there is no difference in the retention rate between the words looked up in the computer dictionary and those looked up in the paper dictionary.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2020
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.02 (2003)
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