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Processing Strategies and Problems Encountered in the Use of Dictionaries

Processing Strategies and Problems Encountered in the Use of Dictionaries PROCESSING STRATEGIES AND PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN THE USE OF DICTIONARIES ABIGAIL NEUBACH and ANDREW D. COHEN The dictionary is an accepted instructional aid in foreign language teaching. Its use is so widespread that its status is often taken for granted as far as teachers and students are concerned. Its potential as an aid to learning is usually not questioned--both learners and teachers expect the dictionary to solve problems created by unfamiliar vocabulary items that present themselves during the reading process. Teachers' attitudes toward the dictionary tend to be simplistic--e.g., "If you don't understand a certain word, look it up in the dictionary" (see, for example, Scholfield). But what really happens when learners open their dictionaries? There appears to be a lack of fit between expectations and reality concerning dictionary use. The recommendation of teachers to learners to look words up in the dictionary is based on the assumptions that (1) students know how to use a dictionary and (2) the dictionary provides meanings. Students' searches for words in the dictionary are based on the expectation that they will be able to find meanings without too much difficulty and that ideally these meanings will be accompanied by helpful examples http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

Processing Strategies and Problems Encountered in the Use of Dictionaries

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Abstract

PROCESSING STRATEGIES AND PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN THE USE OF DICTIONARIES ABIGAIL NEUBACH and ANDREW D. COHEN The dictionary is an accepted instructional aid in foreign language teaching. Its use is so widespread that its status is often taken for granted as far as teachers and students are concerned. Its potential as an aid to learning is usually not questioned--both learners and teachers expect the dictionary to solve problems created by unfamiliar vocabulary items that present themselves during the reading process. Teachers' attitudes toward the dictionary tend to be simplistic--e.g., "If you don't understand a certain word, look it up in the dictionary" (see, for example, Scholfield). But what really happens when learners open their dictionaries? There appears to be a lack of fit between expectations and reality concerning dictionary use. The recommendation of teachers to learners to look words up in the dictionary is based on the assumptions that (1) students know how to use a dictionary and (2) the dictionary provides meanings. Students' searches for words in the dictionary are based on the expectation that they will be able to find meanings without too much difficulty and that ideally these meanings will be accompanied by helpful examples

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1988

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