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Objective and Method

  • Author:Lydia
  • Source:original
  • Release on:2014-09-16

Our show-of-hands survey of 781 students at Kyoritsu Women's University and College found that 88 (about 11%) owned an ED. We asked those students to complete a questionnaire (Appendix 1) there and then, in class.

The questionnaire asked students how often, where, and when they use their EDs, and whether for English to Japanese translation or vice versa. It also asked students for their attitude to their ED's features, specifically the pronunciation feature, if present. The answers to these questions were impressionistic; we did not ask respondents to observe their dictionary use quantitatively before completing the questionnaire.

When we designed the questionnaire we were not investigating a particular hypothesis; what follows emerged clearly from the data gathered.