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ERIC Number: EJ796956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Text Memorization and Imitation: The Practices of Successful Chinese Learners of English
Ding, Yanren
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v35 n2 p271-280 Jun 2007
Good language learner studies show that attending to form is associated with successful learning. This paper reports interviews with three university English majors who had won prizes in nationwide English speaking competitions and debate tournaments in China. The interviewees regarded text memorization and imitation as the most effective methods of learning English. They had been initially forced to use these methods but gradually came to appreciate them. The practice enabled them to attend to and learn collocations and sequences, to borrow these sequences for productive use, to improve pronunciation, and to develop the habit of attending to details of language in the context of language input. The paper concludes that such practice enhances noticing and rehearsal and hence facilitates second language acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China