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English lexical collocation knowledge of Libyan university students

Ahmed, Zinab Ali Aboulgasem (2012) English lexical collocation knowledge of Libyan university students. PhD thesis, Prifysgol Bangor University.

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Abstract

One of the most challenging problems for EFL students is to be able to express themselves not just grammatically but also acceptably and naturally in English in appropriate contexts. The ability to produce acceptable and natural expressions in English is closely related to the EFL students' competence in collocation- which words go together in normal usage. This study therefore investigated Libyan EFL university students' lexical collocation use. It also aims to examine how learners' L1 (Arabic) influences their production of collocations. It analyzes their problems in the usage of six patterns of lexical collocations: verb+ noun. noun+ verb noun+ noun adjective+ noun verb +adverb adverb+ adjective. Participants of the present study were 185 Libyan university students majoring in English at the department of English language at Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi University. Data for the study was collected from a multiple-cho ice test consisted of 60 items and a translation task comprised of 28 items alongside a self- responding quest ionnaire. The data were examined and the results revealed that the informants' ability is lower than expected. The findings also showed that Libyan university students do have problems with English lexical collocations in both reception and production of all patterns of lex ical collocations. Results also indicated that learners' Ll and their amount of exposure to English had a strong influence on the learners' acquisition of English lexical collocations. The findings of this study have some immediate implications for both language learners and teachers of EFL/ESL as well as for writers of materials.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: Degree Thesis
Departments: Degree Thesis
College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 05:22
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 15:22
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4538
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