Learning Across Contexts : A Multiple Case Study of Mobile Dictionary in Chinese EFL learners’ Incidental and Intentional Vocabulary Learning

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning 2019
Pages4-11
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Conference

TitleThe 18th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2019)
LocationDelft University of Technology (TU Delft)
PlaceNetherlands
Period16 - 18 September 2019

Abstract

As mobile dictionaries have become popular L2 learning and referencing tools, this paper primarily focused on four Chinese EFL learners’ incidental and intentional L2 vocabulary learning process and progress with the assistance of a mobile dictionary. The study has two learning stages: the incidental stage and the intentional stage, employing a quasi-experimental design to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. At the incidental learning stage, all participants were asked to complete: (1) vocabulary tests; (2) a reading comprehension task with a bilingualised mobile dictionary; (3) a self-report questionnaire; and (4) a semi-structured interview. At the intentional learning stage, a word list and an audio recording of word pronunciation were distributed to the participants. In the ensuing 14 days, participants took charge of their vocabulary learning, using the word list on their smartphones. They completed the self-report questionnaire to report their daily mobileassisted vocabulary learning and attended the final vocabulary test. The findings show that mobile dictionaries could benefit learners’ incidental vocabulary learning, but subject to their dictionary use. In the self-directed intentional vocabulary learning, participants were more active as a result of great performance in the final vocabulary test. 

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  • Incidental and intentional L2 vocabulary learning, MALL, mobile dictionary, EFL learners

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Learning Across Contexts : A Multiple Case Study of Mobile Dictionary in Chinese EFL learners’ Incidental and Intentional Vocabulary Learning. / Zhang, Danyang; Wu, Junjie Gavin.

Proceedings of World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning 2019. 2019. p. 4-11.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review