Pocket Electronic Dictionaries for Second Language Learning: Help of Hindrance
AbstractThis article reports on a study that addresses the concerns of ESL teachers about their students' use of pocket bilingual electronic dictionaries (EDs). The purpose is to communicate to content and language teachers: (a) the features of the ED, (b) the uses secondary level ESL students make of the pocket ED as a tool for learning English, (c) the effectiveness of the ED in helping ESL students' comprehension and production of English, (d) students' perception of the usefulness of the ED, and (e) the strengths and weaknesses of the ED as perceived by ESL teachers. The findings indicate that not only do a large number of Chinese ESL students own EDs, but they also make consistent use of them during reading comprehension and writing classes. Examples are given of the students' successful and unsuccessful attempts using the ED, and recommendations are made for ESL teachers to teach dictionary skills.
How to Cite
Tang, G. M. (1997). Pocket Electronic Dictionaries for Second Language Learning: Help of Hindrance. TESL Canada Journal, 15(1), 39–57. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v15i1.691