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Idioms in English as a Second Language: Contextualization of L2 idioms (written context versus still pictures) and its effect on students' retention
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main aim of the present study is to investigate whether there is a difference in retentionbetween two groups of Swedish second language learners of English when they are faced withidioms in a written context or in the form of still pictures. The subjects of the investigation aretwo different groups at a high school in Sweden. Both Group 1 and 2 consist of 24 subjectseach. For this study, 15 idioms were randomly selected. To Group 1, the idioms werepresented in a written context and to Group 2 the idioms were presented in the form of stillpictures. The subjects were given a pre-test and two post-tests to measure their retention.Moreover, the subjects were given a questionnaire in order to learn more about theirperception of idioms. I believe that, on the immediate post-test, Group 1 (the “written contextgroup”) did better than Group 2 (the “still pictures group”). Nevertheless, on the delayed posttest(testing long-term retention), Group 2 remembered more idioms than Group 1. But, it isimportant to note that contextualization of L2 idioms using written context and/or using stillpictures resulted, in general, to be effective strategies for the retention of idioms.

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2016. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
idioms, English, Second language acquisition, vocabulary learning
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30338OAI: diva2:903059
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Available from: 2016-04-28 Created: 2016-02-12 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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