Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences vol:95 pages:507-512
International Conference on Corpus Linguistics edition:5 location:University of Alicante, Spain date:14-16 March 2013
In this article we will examine whether certain data driven dictionaries can improve user-friendliness and usability –in a broader sense- of lexicographic instruments used in language learning, as well as enhance positive features such as empowerment, discovery, learner autonomy and the correct identification of lexico-grammatical patterns. Therefore we present the qualitative and quantitative data of a small experiment with the on line multilingual (English-Spanish) tool Linguee, comparing its efficiency and satisfaction levels at a Spanish writing test and the ones of the same tests in which, in one control group, only traditional dictionaries were used, and in another those dictionaries in combination with Linguee. Based on our findings, we will propose some further pedagogical and technological interventions in order to obtain even higher satisfaction and efficiency levels. An example of a result of such interventions can be found partially in the Interactive Language Toolbox.