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Title: Dictionary Use in Foreign Language Writing Exams
Subtitle: Impact and implications
Written By: Martin East
Series Title: Language Learning & Language Teaching 22

This book provides an in-depth analysis of what happens when intermediate
level learners of a foreign language use a bilingual dictionary when
writing. Dictionaries are frequently promoted to people learning a foreign
language. Nevertheless, teachers often talk about their students' inability
to use dictionaries properly, especially when they write, and this can be
problematic. This book paints a comprehensive picture of the differences a
dictionary makes and brings out the implications for language learning,
teaching, and testing practices. It draws on research in which participants
in three studies took writing tests in two test conditions - with and
without a dictionary. They were also asked what they thought about the two
test types. Their performances and opinions were analyzed in a variety of
ways. Conclusions from the data highlight some of the practical issues to
be kept in mind if we want to help foreign language learners to use
bilingual dictionaries effectively when writing.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027219831
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00