Technologies for teaching and learning L2 vocabulary

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The advances in technology in recent decades provide unprecedented affordances and opportunities for teaching and learning second language (L2) vocabulary. A memory‐based model is presented to help both teachers and learners gain a good understanding of the nature of L2 vocabulary learning. A theoretical and historical framework is also presented in order to inform teachers and learners how to make efficient use of diverse lexical tools and apps available online. Lexical applications operated on both traditional desktop technologies and, more recently, mobile technologies are introduced with reference to their relevance to both the vocabulary learning model and the framework for categorizing lexical applications. Also presented is a means for providing systematic strategy training, especially the knowledge and skills for self‐regulated learning in order to make technology‐mediated vocabulary learning more effective and efficient. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe handbook of technology and second language teaching and learning
EditorsCarol A. CHAPELLE, Shannon SAURO
Place of PublicationHoboken
ISBN (Electronic)9781118914069
ISBN (Print)9781118914038
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Ma, Q. (2017). Technologies for teaching and learning L2 vocabulary. In C. A. Chapelle & S. Sauro (Eds.), The handbook of technology and second language teaching and learning (pp. 45-61). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118914069.ch4


  • Memory‐based strategic framework
  • Technology‐mediated framework for L2 vocabulary
  • Lexical tool
  • Lexical application
  • Mobile assisted vocabulary learning
  • Self‐regulated learning


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