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Learning process, strategies and web-based concordancers: a case study

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The recent widespread use of web-based concordancers seems to provide a promising mode for language teaching and learning, especially in the English as a foreign language (EFL) setting, because through concordancers students can easily gain exposure to a huge number of authentic and sorted language examples. This paper describes a case study of the learning process and strategies used by three Taiwanese college students in the concordancer setting. A web-based concordancer was used to assist the participants while undertaking a proofreading activity. Think-aloud protocol was used to collect their data. The results showed that the following four factors have influenced learners’ learning process and strategies in use: (1) prior knowledge, (2) cognitive skills, (3) teacher intervention and (4) concordancer skills.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Language Teaching and Research Center, National Chiao Tung University, No 1001, University Road, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 300, ROC., Email:

Publication date: 2003-11-01

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