City University of Hong Kong Dep
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Research Degree Forum
Enhancement of Self-directed Vocabulary Learning Through CALL
Ms. WU Jing
PhD candidate, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong
Date: 2 April 2009, Thursday
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: B7603 (7/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU
Since ineffective self-directed vocabulary learning is currently shown in the higher education of Mainland China, this presentation focuses on whether computer technologies could help to create a better learning environment for vocabulary learners, activating their utilization of appropriate vocabulary learning strategies effectively and thereby enhancing their self-directed vocabulary learning. A courseware prototype called Learning Vocabulary In Domain was developed particularly for this research purpose. Through the questionnaire survey on the undergraduates in UESTC, their fulfillment levels to the vocabulary learning conditions under the computer-based learning mode and paper-based learning mode were statistically analyzed and compared. It was uncovered that the CALL mode was more favorable to vocabulary learners during their self-directed learning. The superiority of CALL was further proven by the quantitative analyses of students’ vocabulary achievements.
Ms. WU Jing is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Chinese, Translation & Linguistics of CityU. Her research interests are computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and self-directed vocabulary learning.