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Title: The Effect of Monolingual and Bilingual Dictionaries on Vocabulary Recall and Retention of EFL Learners
Paper URL: http://www.readingmatrix.com
Author: Abdolmajid Hayati
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Institution: Shahid Chamran University
Author: Akram Fattahzadeh
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Institution: University of Tehran
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The study focuses on the contribution that using bilingual versus monolingual dictionaries might lead to recall and retention of vocabulary. In the meantime it is checked whether or not the speed corresponds to any one of the two dictionaries. For this purpose, 100 Iranian students studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Shahid Chamran University in Ahwaz were asked to take part. From this population 60 intermediate students were selected on the basis of their scores on TOEFL and then were divided into two groups of monolingual and bilingual. The results indicated that students learned a number of vocabularies while reading, whether they used a bilingual or a monolingual dictionary. But the two groups learned nearly the same number of words. Thus dictionary-types have no significant effect on learners' vocabulary recall and retention. Regarding the second hypothesis, results indicated that speed had a direct relation with bilingual dictionaries. Two important by products of this study are as follows: First, in both groups the number of words decreased by the passage of time. And second, the monolingual group's performances contrary to the bilingual one's have not showed a significant difference in interval of the last two tests (p<0.05).
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Status: In Progress
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