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The Use of Pocket Electronic Dictionaries by Thai University Students

A Boonmoh

Abstract


This article reports on a small-scale study of Thai-speaking learners using pocket electronic dictionaries (PEDs) to read an English news article. It investigates how the subjects use their PEDs for reading comprehension. Thirty-nine undergraduate students completed a questionnaire survey. Of these, four were chosen to participate in the experiment. Observations and interviews were utilized to ascertain how the subjects used their PEDs. The findings showed superficial and partial reading of the dictionary entries. It also revealed several factors that may hinder dictionary look-up success. On the basis of this research, guidelines for buying PEDs and for teaching PED skills are proposed.

Keywords: Dictionary Use, Pocket Electronic Dictionary, Dictionary Consultation, Monolingual Dictionary, Bilingual Dictionary



http://dx.doi.org/10.5788/20-0-161
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