ERIC Number: ED479650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Collocational Competence of Arabic Speaking Learners of English: A Study in Lexical Semantics.
Zughoul, Muhammad Raji; Abdul-Fattah, Hussein S.
This study examined learners' productive competence in collocations and idioms by means of their performance on two interdependent tasks. Participants were two groups of English as a Foreign Language undergraduate and graduate students from the English department at Jordan's Yarmouk University. The two tasks included the following: a multiple choice task of 16 randomly selected Arabic idioms and collocations of the verb "kasura" (broke), which was designed to reveal learners' ability to recognize the correct collocants from among four distractors, and a translation task of the same idiomatic expressions and collocations intended to explore learners' proficiency in this linguistic area. Data analysis indicated that the overall performance of students in the target idiomatic expressions and collocations was far from satisfactory considering that they were high level English majors. Only half of the students' attempts on the objective recognition task were correct, and only 16.61 percent of students total attempts with the translation task were correct. Participants used 11 distinct communication strategies when rendering into English the collocations and idiomatic expressions (e.g., avoidance, false collocation, overgeneralization, derivativeness, verbosity, and idiomacity). (Contains 46 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan