International Journal of Education and Management Engineering(IJEME)

ISSN: 2305-3623 (Print), ISSN: 2305-8463 (Online)

Published By: MECS Press

IJEME Vol.1, No.4, Oct. 2011

An Empirical Study on Concordance-based English Collocation Teaching

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Shan Liu,Zhinan Ma

Index Terms

Corpus; concordance;collocation; teaching approach


The wide use of computer has led to the reform in modern English teaching approach. Computer concordance, a new multicontext presentation mode, provides a new way for collocation teaching. This study explores if there is any difference between on-line concordancer teaching approach, concordance-based explicit teaching approach and traditional deductive approach on college students' collocation use and retention. The findings provide empirical support for concordance-based explicit teaching approach's superiority to other approaches in promoting the immediate use and long-term retention of target collocations, which is measured by immediate and delayed test. Teachers are well-advised to pick up the typical concordance lines deliberately, annotate difficult words when necessary before handing out worksheets to learners.

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Shan Liu,Zhinan Ma,"An Empirical Study on Concordance-based English Collocation Teaching", IJEME, vol.1, no.4, pp.46-52, 2011.


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