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The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal

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Russian language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Russian language


This descriptive study examines when and how students use Russian-English dictionaries while reading informational texts in Russian and what success they have with word lookup. The study uses introspective verbal protocols (i.e., think-alouds) to follow how readers construct meaning from two texts while reading them for a limited time first without a dictionary and then with access to a paper bilingual dictionary. Quantitative and qualitative data about readers’ language and dictionary skills are presented based on the readers’ think-aloud protocols for the dictionary portion of the reading sessions. The data reveal patterns of dictionary usage and problems in finding words in the dictionary (alphabetic order, parsing, selecting correct headword, etc.). Implications for reading pedagogy are considered.


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