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ID : 299
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Title : Exploring mobile-based dictionary (MBD) strategies in the digital age: A mixed-method study on Chinese EFL learner's MBD use
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Profiting from the development of mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), flexible and convenient mobile-based dictionaries (MBDs) have become increasingly popular in China. According to Miller and Wu (2018, p.7), “much more attention needs to be given to how students use strategies in their informal mobile learning”. This study aims to explore how Chinese EFL learners use different types of MBDs while reading. In total, 66 English majors and 59 non-English majors participated, completing a self-report questionnaire and a semi-structured interview.

Data from the questionnaire show that participants generally prefer to look up the definition of words, especially the first definition and the Chinese translation. In comparison, non-English majors used MBDs more intensively than English majors, particularly to identify word spelling, part of speech and Chinese translations. Participants in the bilingualised group using MBDs more actively than the other two groups, but they preferred to only read one definition. According to the interview responses, participants’ various MBD strategies, by and large, correlate with their majors, language proficiency, learning needs, current language learning task type and task difficulty. The results of this study reflect the distinctive personalised feature of MALL (Kukulska-Hulme, 2012) and offer some theoretical and practical insights into this field.

Keywords : mobile-based dictionary strategy, mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), Chinese EFL learners, Chinese EFL learner, mixed-method
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Main presenter : Ms. Danyang Zhang
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Affiliation : University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
Email address : dz298@cam.ac.uk
Biography :

Danyang Zhang is a PhD candidate at University of Cambridge. Her research interests include CALL, MALL and second language vocabulary acquisition. Danyang has published her work in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Applied Linguistics) and presented her projects in many conferences including BERA Annual Conference and EUROCALL. She is the winner of the BJET Best EdTech Paper 2018.


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Date added : Saturday, 19 January 2019, 1:52 AM
Date modified : Friday, 3 May 2019, 6:27 AM
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 241-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 13: 50 - 14: 15
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : C303
Schedule room seats : 100 seats
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