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A mixed methods case study on the use and impact of web-based lexicographic tools on L2 writing

Ganem Gutierrez, Gabriela and Gilmore, Alexander (2021) 'A mixed methods case study on the use and impact of web-based lexicographic tools on L2 writing.' Computer Assisted Language Learning. pp. 1-27. ISSN 0958-8221

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Abstract

This study used a mixed methods research design to investigate use of Web-based lexicographic tools during real-time second language (L2) writing activity in an English as a foreign language university context and the impact of their use on writing quality. Participants included 22 adult Japanese EFL learners, elementary to advanced language proficiency, and their tutor. Data were collected using digital screen capture and eye-tracking technologies while participants wrote a 35-minute essay. Supplementary stimulated retrospective recalls were also conducted to document participants’ reflections on the use of these tools during the full writing event. Results revealed that participants spent, on average, 15% of composing time consulting online tools, with bilingual resources the most used. Importantly, mediation analysis found that L2 proficiency was the main, and direct, predictor of essay score. These findings as well as specific patterns of use discerned are discussed with reference to the qualitative data before proposals for further research and pedagogical implications are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Web-based lexicographic tools; L2 writing; writing performance; digital screen-capture; eye-tracking; mixed-methods
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 16:38
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31217

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