Incorporating Collocation Knowledge Training into New Language Courses for 2012

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Abstract

This presentation will begin with a brief review of recent research in SLA which is giving indications of the importance of collocation knowledge and performance to users of second languages. For example, a learner-corpus study by Jiang (2009) revealed that Chinese learners of English make target-like but too frequent use of a small number of high-frequency collocations along with a number of non-target-like collocations. The subjects also showed a low awareness of collocation learning resources and a strong focus on learning decontextualized individual words. With such findings in mind, this presentation will show how collocation awareness and knowledge training will be featured in new integrated language courses being developed at Lingnan University CEAL for 2012.

The presentation will briefly explain how collocations are extracted from the teaching materials of each course unit and then compared with the COBUILD Bank of English for significance and frequency. The presentation will then show some examples of these collocations and show how they are included in a Language Summary at the end of each unit. An overview will then be given of both activities focusing on collocations included within the units and accompanying self-access collocation training activities. These courses will be piloted in Autumn 2011 and it is hoped the inclusion of this collocation focus will enhance students' awareness and knowledge of English collocations and in
turn enhance their language proficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
EventELC Symposium, Developing students as readers and writers in the four-year curriculum: The role of the English Language Centres - Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Jul 20101 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceELC Symposium, Developing students as readers and writers in the four-year curriculum: The role of the English Language Centres
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period1/07/101/07/10
OtherThe Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

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    BURFOOT, S. A. (2010). Incorporating Collocation Knowledge Training into New Language Courses for 2012. ELC Symposium, Developing students as readers and writers in the four-year curriculum: The role of the English Language Centres, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.