ERIC Number: ED479746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Collocational Strategies of Arab Learners of English: A Study in Lexical Semantics.
Muhammad, Raji Zughoul; Abdul-Fattah, Hussein S.
Arab learners of English encounter a serious problem with collocational sequences. The present study purports to determine the extent to which university English language majors can use English collocations properly. A two-form translation test of 16 Arabic collocations was administered to both graduate and undergraduate students of English. The first form included the English translation in a multiple-choice format, whereas the other was given as a free translation task. The findings confirmed the hypothesis that Arab learners of English at all levels face difficulty with English collocations. Moreover, the study aimed at characterizing communicative strategies implemented by the subjects in their attempts to convey the English meaning. Twelve such strategies have been identified, exemplified, and described. The findings have substantiated the role of the native language in foreign language production as well as the need for explicit instructional focus on collocation in school and community. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan