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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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Peters, Elke – Language Teaching Research, 2016
This study investigates whether congruency (+/- literal translation equivalent), collocate-node relationship (adjective-noun, verb-noun, phrasal-verb-noun collocations), and word length influence the learning burden of EFL learners' learning collocations at the initial stage of form-meaning mapping. Eighteen collocations were selected on the basis…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Peters, Elke – Language Teaching Research, 2014
This article examines how form recall of target lexical items by learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) is affected (1) by repetition (1, 3 or 5 number of occurrences), (2) by the type of target item (single words versus collocations), and (3) by the time of post-test administration (immediately or one week after the learning session).…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Recall (Psychology), Phrase Structure
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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