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Reinforcing Students’ Collocational Competence in EFL Classrooms

Show simple item record Al Ghazali , Fawzi 2018-08-01T06:04:32Z 2018-08-01T06:04:32Z 2015-12
dc.identifier.issn 2210-1829
dc.description.abstract Relevant research studies show an outstanding effect of the collocational competence on reinforcing the language proficiency of students learning a foreign or second language (Ellis, 2001). Students’ awareness of word combinations enables them to produce language with native-like accuracy and increases their ability to use different levels of formulaic language, idioms, and fixed expressions. The argument of Firth (1957) that “a word is known by the company it keeps” implies that knowing how words are combined facilitates using them efficiently. This entails dedicating more time and effort to increase students’ awareness and acquisition of collocations. However, as argued by Chan and Liou (2005), explicit teaching of collocations is not given the deserved attention in language classes possibly because of the difficulty of teaching them in a way that facilitates their storage and retrieval. It is also due to the shortage of user-friendly materials that could be utilised for teaching collocates. In addition, it could be rendered to native language interference and the nature of interlanguage. This study explores how apt undergraduate Arab students are in using collocation in written works. It also analyses the very common errors they make in written activities. This study concludes that students’ ill-formed expressions are a shared responsibility between them and language teachers. It proposes a tri-polar model for enhancing students’ use of collocation. They are elicitation, fixation, and creation. This study eventually provides pedagogical implications that facilitate addressing collocation in language classes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bahrain en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
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dc.source International Journal of Bilingual & Multilingual Teachers of English
dc.subject Collocational competence
dc.subject communicative competence
dc.subject collocational errors
dc.subject elicitation
dc.subject mnemonic strategies
dc.subject teaching collocation
dc.title Reinforcing Students’ Collocational Competence in EFL Classrooms en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.volume 03
dc.issue 02
dc.pagestart 105
dc.pageend 116
dc.source.title International Journal of Bilingual & Multilingual Teachers of English
dc.abbreviatedsourcetitle IJBMTE

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