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Korean EFL Learners' Use of Dictionaries: Their Beliefs, Lookup Strategies, and Actual Use

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2008, 9(1), pp.1-29
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

한명순 1

1숭실대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study investigated Korean EFL Learners' use of dictionaries: their beliefs about dictionaries, lookup strategies, and actual use by conducting three surveys administered to four different age groups and two regional groups of students. An analysis of the surveys revealed several important points. First, Korean EFL learners believed that electronic dictionaries with built-in vocal function help to improve English pronunciation. And they heavily relied on bilingual dictionaries. Second, the most frequently used English dictionary strategy is to underline an English word. Korean L2 students strongly favored this. On the other hand, the most helpful English dictionary strategy perceived by Korean EFL learners is to write the unknown English word and phonetic symbols in the margin. It can be inferred from this that pronunciation is regarded as the first prerequisite in English proficiency. Finally, in actual dictionary use, students do not behave according to their beliefs. The pedagogical implication of the present research is that the teaching of dictionary use should be involved in formal English education to increase learners' vocabulary knowledge.

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