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Deconinck, Julie; Boers, Frank; Eyckmans, June – Language Teaching Research, 2017
If known words can be defined psycholinguistically as "form-meaning mappings", the present article investigates whether prompting learners to evaluate whether the form of a new second language (L2) word fits its meaning generates "mapping elaborations" that aid recall. Thirty Dutch-speaking upper-intermediate learners of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Concept Mapping, Indo European Languages, Pretests Posttests
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Eyckmans, June; Lindstromberg, Seth – Language Teaching Research, 2017
Corpus analyses of learners' dictionaries of English idioms have revealed that 11% to 35% of English figurative idioms show either alliteration ("miss the mark") or assonance ("get this show on the road"), depending on the type considered. Because English multiword combinations, particularly idiomatic expressions, present a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Figurative Language, Phonology
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Boers, Frank; Piquer Piriz, Ana Maria; Stengers, Helene; Eyckmans, June – Language Teaching Research, 2009
Experimental evidence suggests that pictorial elucidation helps learners comprehend and remember the meaning of second language (L2) idioms. In this article we address the question whether it also helps retention of the form of idioms, i.e. their precise lexical composition. In a small-scale experiment, the meaning of English idioms was clarified…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Cognitive Style, Textbooks, Vocabulary Development
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Boers, Frank; Eyckmans, June; Stengers, Helene – Language Teaching Research, 2007
Instead of being completely arbitrary, the meaning of many idioms is "motivated" by their original, literal usage. In an FLT context, this offers the possibility of presenting idioms in ways that promote insightful learning rather than "blind" memorization. Associating an idiom with its etymology has been shown to enhance retention. This effect…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Etymology, Mnemonics, Figurative Language
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Boers, Frank; Eyckmans, June; Kappel, Jenny; Stengers, Helene; Demecheleer, Murielle – Language Teaching Research, 2006
This study reports a small-scale experiment that was set up to estimate the extent to which (i) the use of formulaic sequences (standardized phrases such as collocations and idiomatic expressions) can help learners come across as proficient L2 speakers and (ii) an instructional method that emphasizes "noticing" of L2 formulaic sequences can help…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Language Patterns, Reading Materials