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Title: Using a Dictionary in Advanced Reading Class
Authors: Wahyana, Antonius
Keywords: monolingual dictionary;bilingual dictionary;thesaurus;advanced reading
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: The main objective of most of English courses taught at the university level is to help the students improve their reading skills, particularly those related to the reading of scientific and technical texts. Some of the questions that continually arise are as follows: Should students be allowed to use dictionaries on exams? Should lecturers teach dictionary skills, or assume that by this time students have already acquired these skills? Should lecturers recommend that students buy a particular dictionary? Should students be restricted to using only monolingual dictionaries or allowed to use bilingual ones as well? This article aims at answering some of the above questions. As a matter of fact, there are many different types of dictionaries and a great deal of information can be gleaned from a good dictionary. A dictionary can be a fascinating book to read and study but when used as a reference book for advanced-reading students, several things should be kept in mind. First, unlike some other languages, in English there is no one dictionary that has been approved by an academy or government as the authority. The students should be aware of this and should be able to evaluate the various dictionaries available and select the one that most closely meet their needs. Second, no two dictionaries are exactly alike. The students should thoroughly familiarize themselves with their dictionary so that they can use it quickly and efficiently. Finally, the dictionary should be used only as a last resort. The main objective in reading a text is not to define specific words but to understand the concepts put forward by the writer. The dictionary should be used as a tool to help the students reach that goal.
URI: https://repository.uksw.edu/handle/123456789/21706
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