A comparative study on linguistic theories for modeling EFL learners: Facilitating personalized vocabulary learning via task recommendations

Di ZOU, Minhong WANG, Haoran XIE, Kwok Shing CHENG, Fu Lee WANG, Lap-Kei LEE

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Abstract

Personalized learning has become an important and powerful paradigm catering for various needs, styles, preferences, and modes of learning. Several methods including task recommendations and path planning have recently emerged to effectively implement personalized learning using e-learning systems. The literature shows that the use of task recommendations in e-learning systems is a very effective way to facilitate personalized vocabulary learning. One of the key research issues regarding these personalized vocabulary learning systems is how to model the learning logs of each learner. Specifically, how to measure the learning effectiveness of each learned tasks has become a core issue for establishing personalized learning systems. Three theories, Spaced Learning (SL), Technique Feature Analysis (TFA), and Involvement Load Hypothesis (ILH), are commonly applied for achieving this purpose. In this study, we compared the effectiveness of these three linguistic theories for modeling EFL learners' personalized vocabulary learning via task recommendations. By conducting experimental studies among different groups of participants, our findings revealed that the ILH and TFA were more suitable than SL for facilitating personalized vocabulary learning. It is therefore suggested that future personalized vocabulary learning systems ought to be designed and developed based on comprehensive theoretical frameworks such as the ILH and TFA. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
Early online dateJul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2020

Citation

Zou, D., Wang, M., Xie, H., Cheng, G., Wang, F. L., & Lee, L.-K. (2020). A comparative study on linguistic theories for modeling EFL learners: Facilitating personalized vocabulary learning via task recommendations. Interactive Learning Environments. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10494820.2020.1789178

Keywords

  • Personalized learning
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Learner modeling
  • Task recommendations
  • Linguistic theories

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