Online searching in english as a foreign language

Gyöngyi Rózsa, Anita Komlodi, Peng Chu

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Abstract

Online searching is a central element of internet users' information behaviors. Searching is usually executed in a user's native language, but searching in English as a foreign language is often necessitated by the lack of content in languages that are underrepresented in Web content. This paper reports results from a study of searching in English as a foreign language and aims at understanding this particular group of users' behaviors. Searchers whose native language is not English may have to resort to queries in English in support of their information needs due to the lack or low quality of the web content in their own language. However, when searching for information in a foreign language, users face a unique set of challenges that are not present for native language searching. We studied this problem through qualitative research methods and report results from focus groups in this paper. The results reported in this paper describe typical problems foreign language searchers face, the differences in informationseeking behavior in English and in the participants' native language, and advice and ideas shared by the focus group participants about how to search effectively and efficiently in English.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWWW 2015 Companion - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages875-880
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334730
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 18 2015
Event24th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2015 - Florence, Italy
Duration: May 18 2015May 22 2015

Publication series

NameWWW 2015 Companion - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web

Other

Other24th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2015
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period5/18/155/22/15

Keywords

  • Foreign Language
  • Information-seeking behavior
  • Search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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    Rózsa, G., Komlodi, A., & Chu, P. (2015). Online searching in english as a foreign language. In WWW 2015 Companion - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web (pp. 875-880). (WWW 2015 Companion - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2740908.2743007