Yuan Zhuang | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Learn Vocabulary through News Reading – An Android App for Chinese EFL Learners

Yuan Zhuang, M.A. Instructional Technology and Media

Extensive reading is proved to be an effective way for L2 vocabulary acquisition by multiple empirical studies. Researchers also found various instructional interventions that can facilitate vocabulary acquisition through reading and enhance learning outcomes. In China, where English learning is considered to be important and essential by both educators and students, vocabulary is primarily taught and learned through route memorization in college, in despite of the fact that college students recognize the value of reading in vocabulary acquisition. In this project, I proposed an Android app that aims at facilitating vocabulary acquisition through reading for EFL learners especially college students in China. News source of the proposed app is Financial Times in the first stage and can be expanded to more sources later. Features incorporated in the proposed app are effective instructional interventions confirmed by existing empirical studies, including provision of inferring cues, saving vocabularies for later revision, news categorization based on difficulty level, vocabulary filter, learning progress dashboard and relevant news article recommendation.

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