A study of the dictionary searching strategies for idiomatic expressions
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This dissertation investigates Korean EFL learners' skills and strategies of dictionary reference. It examines whether the dictionary user's priority in information seeking is truly in accordance with the lexicographer's expectations by investigating the idiom look-up strategy of Korean EFL learners. In the first section, the Korean users' dictionary reference habits are explored. Using the statistical analysis software (SAS), a variety of correlational findings are also discussed. In the second section, a critical review of the major English dictionaries in Korea is provided. The treatment of idioms in four monolingual English dictionaries and three major bilingual English-Korean dictionaries is explored. The results from the statistical analysis suggest that intermediate level students look up their English dictionaries more often than other groups. A positive correlation was found between the number of dictionary ownership and the students' language proficiency level measured by TOEFL and TOEIC tests. With regard to the coverage of idioms and the degree of agreement of the headword choice, monolingual Englich dictionaries generally performed better than bilingual dictionaries.