“TAMING” COLLOCATIONS IN THE EFL/ESL ARENA

Neshkovska, Silvana (2020) “TAMING” COLLOCATIONS IN THE EFL/ESL ARENA. 4th International Conference Education Across Borders Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Perspectives Florina, 19-20 October 2018 Conference Proceedings. pp. 482-492. ISSN 2241-8881

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Abstract

A significant proportion of the lexicon of the English language is ‘occupied’ by collocations, i.e. by combinations of words that tend to occur together (collocate) regularly. Their presence is vital in both oral and written discourse as they make discourse sound natural, native-like, colorful, versatile as well as easy to understand. Nevertheless, their highly arbitrary nature often makes them extremely challenging especially for EFL/ESL students.The aim of the paper is to contribute to the efforts directed at raising EFL/ESL teachers and students’ awareness of the importance of teaching/learning collocations. More precisely, the paper makes an attempt to provide an overview of the best practices that have so far been reported by researchers and teachers when it comes to overcoming ‘collocational’ hurdles in and out of the classroom. In that respect, the paper, underlines some useful teaching strategies and both receptive and productive tasks and activities that have been proven to be conducive to mastering collocations, ranging from using dictionaries and electronic corpora for checking and decoding collocations, to exploiting various reading activities for collocations learning, recording collocations, etc. Keywords: English collocations, teaching strategies/activities

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neskovska
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 15:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2021 15:58
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/6116

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