ERIC Number: ED465288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Knowledge of English Collocations: An Analysis of Taiwanese EFL Learners.
This study investigated Taiwanese English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students knowledge of English collocations and the collocational errors they made. The subjects were 60 students from a college in Taiwan. The research instrument was a self-designed Simple Completion Test that measured students knowledge of four types of lexical collocations: free combinations, restricted collocations, figurative idioms, and pure idioms. The results indicated that, for these students, free combinations created the least amount of difficulty, whereas pure idioms were the most challenging. Additionally, students performed about equally well on restricted collocations and figurative idioms. In general, the students deviant answers demonstrated their insufficient knowledge of English collocations. It is concluded that EFL learners errors in collocations can be attributed to negative first language transfer. Test items are appended. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Luke, C. and B. Rubrecht, Eds. Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education: Selected Proceedings from the Texas Foreign Language Education Conference, 2001. Volume 6, n1, Fall 2001. For related documents, see FL 027 256-64.