Title: Investigating the use of English vocabulary learning strategies in web-based and multimedia learning environments

Authors: Shuang Zhou

Addresses: Department of Foreign Language Education, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710072, China

Abstract: One of the difficulties in English language teaching and learning is vocabulary acquisition, to which vocabulary learning strategies (VLS) have been proved of vital importance. Since the college English education reform, the web-based and multimedia learning environment has replaced the traditional one and calls for autonomous learners equipped with learning strategies more urgently. This study took a university in China as an example to explore the vocabulary-specific strategy using and teaching in the new environment. The aim of the research is to gain insightful experience so as to benefit current English vocabulary teaching and learning at the university level.

Keywords: vocabulary learning strategies; web-based learning environments; multimedia learning environments; autonomous learners; China; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web; English language; language teaching; vocabulary acquisition; educational reforms; colleges; universities; higher education; language students; Northwestern Polytechnical University; continuing education; life-long learning; engineering education; innovative teaching; innovative learning; innovation; technology support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2012.050063

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2012 Vol.22 No.3/4, pp.185 - 196

Published online: 23 Aug 2014 *

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