The use and abuse of EFL dictionaries: how learners of English as a foreign language read and interpret dictionary entries

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Abstract

This volume examines some of the ways in which dictionary use has been studied, considers the problems encountered by researchers in this field, and presents a series of experiments which explore fundamental questions concerning the use of dictionaries by learners of English as a foreign language. - Are dictionaries helpful in examinations? Does defining style affect consultation success? Do dictionaries benefit some kinds of learners more than others? How useful are illustrative examples? The author concludes with an analysis of current trends in the design of dictionaries for learners of English, and considers the possible impact of new elctronic formats on dictionary use.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMax Niemeyer Verlag
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-185907-1, 978-3-484-30998-2, 978-3-11-094603-1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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English as a Foreign Language
Dictionary
Dictionary Use
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Bibliographical note

This book was originally published by Max Niemeyer Verlag in 2000, and has been reprinted by De Gruyter in 2012. This book is no. 98 in the series Lexicographica. Series Maior.

Keywords

  • English as a foreign language
  • learners dictionaries

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