Improving Students’ English Technical Terms Learning and Willingness to Communicate Through Meaning Negotiation

  • Yaming Tai
  • Yu-Liang TingEmail author
  • Pei-Shan Hsieh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10108)


This study attempts to enhance students’ willingness to communicate in the field of English technical terms learning. The proposed learning design aims to train students in using various meaning negotiation strategies to discuss and clarify the meaning of given English technical terms and acquire the different aspects of word knowledge of these terms. Twenty-five senior students in a technology institute were provided with interesting corporative films introducing these English technical terms. At the end, participants completed a video-making project demonstrating the target English technical terms. The pre- and post-test of English technical terms and survey of willingness to communicate showed that the proposed learning not only improved students’ vocabulary, but also increased significantly their willingness to communicate in English. The results could provide a new way of English technical terms learning.


Meaning negotiation English technical terms Willingness to communicate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Children English EducationNational Taipei University of EducationTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Technology Application and Human Resource DevelopmentNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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