Computerized Dynamic Assessment of Dictionary Use Ability

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Author Osamu Matsumoto
Title Computerized Dynamic Assessment of Dictionary Use Ability
Abstract This paper demonstrates a new web-based dictionary training resource, named the Computerized Dynamic Assessment of Dictionary use Ability (C-DADA) intended for Japanese learners of English. C-DADA is a computerized format of dynamic assessment (DA), which originated in the works of Vygotsky, and is developed for lexicographic purposes. The fundamental aspect of DA is the integration of assessment and instruction. In addition, DA distinguishes two levels of ability: actual and potential. The former is the level at which the individual can perform by himself, while the latter is the level at which he can solve a problem with others’ assistance. Likewise, C-DADA is designed to assess the learners’ actual and potential levels of receptive dictionary use ability through providing feedback according to individual learners’ responsivity, and so further promote their dictionary use ability. The paper first introduces the theoretical and methodological framework of DA, and then discusses the design and mechanics of C-DADA. Lastly, it gives a general overview of an on-going lexicographic project to examine the effectiveness of C-DADA.
Session Software Demonstrations
Keywords dictionary use, dictionary training, dynamic assessment, computerized dynamic assessment
author={Osamu Matsumoto},
title={Computerized Dynamic Assessment of Dictionary Use Ability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }