Evaluation of On-line Dictionaries for Language Learning
Yuka Kawasaki, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan ; Isao Miyaji, Okayama University of Science, Japan ; Haruhisa Yamaguchi, Yumi Yamaguchi, Okayama University, Japan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
In this paper, we examine the educational effectiveness and efficiency of on-line dictionaries for language learning by comparing two types of on-line dictionaries: a frame style and a pop-up style. We conducted an experiment in which the participants translated English sentences into Japanese by using a frame style dictionary and a pop-up style dictionary. We found clear evidence that the frame style dictionary is more effective than the pop-up in reading English for Japanese college students. An analysis of the data in the experiments indicated that the participants could read English sentences more accurately with the frame style dictionary than with a pop-up dictionary. That is to say, frame-type on-line dictionaries will become a very powerful learning tool in e-Language Learning to enhance learners' reading ability.
Kawasaki, Y., Miyaji, I., Yamaguchi, H. & Yamaguchi, Y. (2008). Evaluation of On-line Dictionaries for Language Learning. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 5242-5247). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).