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ERIC Number: EJ1089211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-2543
The Challenge of English Language Collocation Learning in an ES/FL Environment: PRC Students in Singapore
Ying, Yang
Education Research and Perspectives, v42 p206-246 2015
This study aimed to seek an in-depth understanding about English collocation learning and the development of learner autonomy through investigating a group of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners' perspectives and practices in their learning of English collocations using an AWARE approach. A group of 20 PRC students learning English in Singapore were engaged in a qualitative collective case study. Findings from the study revealed major patterns of difference between the collocation learning perspectives and practices of students who made significant learning attainment in English language proficiency and those who made marginal attainment. Interpretation of the data, through an inductive development of theory, led to a description and explanation of the learners' processes of learning English language collocations in four main areas. A collocation learning trajectory was discovered. A group of more successful learners were found to travel along this path at a faster rate than the less successful learners. Based on the findings from the study, and discussion of pedagogical implications, a differentiated teaching model is proposed for pedagogical attention and practices in three main areas. Recommendations for future research and pedagogical development are made.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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