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Friday, August 14 • 1:25pm - 1:50pm
How Do Smartphone Dictionary Apps Differ From Pocket E-dictionaries? A Qualitative Study

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The present study is an ongoing project to examine how mobile learning technology contributes to EFL learning. The participants of the study were university students who usually use their pocket e-dictionaries for their daily English study. Also, they are heavy users of smartphones such as iPhones to get information. They were asked to introduce an English-Japanese dictionary application to their smartphones, and to take sufficient time to get used to the smartphone dictionary apps in advance. In the first session of the study, the difference in learners’ look-up behavior between the use of the pocket e-dictionary and the smartphone dictionary apps were compared. They were assigned a word definition and a reading comprehension tasks with their two types of dictionaries respectively. The time they needed for the tasks, the numbers of their lookups, and the quiz scores were compared. In the second session, which was held on a week after the first session, a recognition test was conducted to investigate how much the looked-up words were retained. The learners’ impressions and comments on each dictionary were examined as well.

In the presentation, the detailed interviewed data as well as the results of time and quiz scores will be shown. Pedagogical suggestions concerning dictionary interface will be made based on the findings.


Toshiko Koyama

Osaka Ohtani University

Friday August 14, 2015 1:25pm - 1:50pm EDT
William James 105 33 Kirkland St Cambridge, MA