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ERIC Number: EJ796885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Collocation and Technicality in EAP Engineering
Ward, Jeremy
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v6 n1 p18-35 Jan 2007
This article explores how collocation relates to lexical technicality, and how the relationship can be exploited for teaching EAP to second-year engineering students. First, corpus data are presented to show that complex noun phrase formation is a ubiquitous feature of engineering text, and that these phrases (or collocations) are highly discipline-specific in a way that individual words are not. Next it is shown that these collocations as a class may be seen as a kind of threshold to specialised engineering discourse at the undergraduate level, and as such can be used as a basis for an EAP reading programme which is appropriate both in terms of difficulty and specialisation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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