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International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on e-Learning (Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 23-26, 2013)

The new generation is digital natives and they enjoy using the latest technology such as online resources, mobile phones, and applications. Linking technology and English learning can be an alternative to motivate the new generation to learn English. The participants in this study included 76 freshmen in a university in Taiwan. The major data in this study included flashcards, learning records and self-reflection on making vocabulary flashcards. This study examined 76 freshmen's perceptions and practices of making vocabulary flashcards on "Quizlet." Three major findings were determined. First, participants' word selection was based on not knowing the meanings of the words, rather than by their content or majors. Second, "Space Race" was regarded as the most helpful activity in terms of vocabulary learning. Third, "finding the appropriate definitions for words" was the biggest challenge when making "Quizlet" flashcards. In order to make more effective vocabulary and content words learning through online websites such as "Quizlet," three suggestions are made: integration of different elements of word knowledge with online word activity designs; direct instruction on specific terms; and learners' awareness of word selection. [For the full proceedings, see ED562127.]

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Visual Aids, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen, Qualitative Research, Coding

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Autor: Chien, Chin-Wen



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