Online Independent Vocabulary Learning Experience of Hong Kong University Students

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Authors:
Eunice Tang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Edsoulla Chung, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Eddy Li, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Steven Yeung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Email: tangeunice@cuhk.edu.hk
Published: March 2016
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.4.1.01

Citation: Tang, E., Chung, E., Li, E., & Yeung, S. (2016). Online Independent Vocabulary Learning Experience of Hong Kong University Students. IAFOR Journal of Education, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.4.1.01


Abstract

In response to the limited vocabulary size of its undergraduates, an independent vocabulary learning platform, VLearn was designed and launched in a university in Hong Kong. As an e-learning environment that supports self-directed vocabulary learning of Chinese learners, the primary aim of VLearn is to equip users with appropriate knowledge and skills for vocabulary expansion. This paper introduces the contents of VLearn, and the theoretical underpinnings of its design. It also reports on the vocabulary learning experience of its users during an eight week evaluation study. Suggestions are made on how independent vocabulary building at higher education, as well as comprehensive vocabulary instruction at early years could be supported by means of technology.

Keywords

vocabulary teaching and learning, e-learning strategies, Chinese learners, self-directed learning, English language education