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ERIC Number: EJ796943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
In a Manner of Speaking: Assessing Frequent Spoken Figurative Idioms to Assist ESL/EFL Teachers
Grant, Lynn E.
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v35 n2 p169-181 Jun 2007
This article outlines criteria to define a figurative idiom, and then compares the frequent figurative idioms identified in two sources of spoken American English (academic and contemporary) to their frequency in spoken British English. This is done by searching the spoken part of the British National Corpus (BNC), to see whether they are frequent on both sides of the Atlantic, or more common in one country or the other. It also compares the figurative idioms identified as frequent in two British idiom dictionaries to see whether their frequency of occurrence in the BNC justifies their "frequent" label. The main aim of the frequency comparisons is to help teachers decide which, if any, are useful to teach to EFL/ESL students so pedagogical implications are also discussed briefly. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America; United Kingdom