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How Can We Teach Formulaic Language?
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Abstract

 

A growing body of research suggests that purely incidental acquisition of L2 multiword formulaic expressions (MWEs) is a very slow process, and that L2 learners stand to gain from interventions that focus their attention on MWEs and that encourage them to add these to their L2 repertoire. In this contribution, I review the diverse types of MWE-focused interventions that have been tried and tested in research studies so far. These include (a) seeding texts with instances of the same MWEs, (b) typographic enhancement, (c) discovery or data-driven learning activities, (d) decontextualized exercises, and (e) mnemonics. The evidence in support of each type of intervention as well as the scope of their applicability will be evaluated, and ways forward will be proposed. A thread through the contribution will be the recognition of specific learning challenges posed by different types of MWEs.

 

Summary

 

This presentation reviews and critiques the diverse types interventions that have been explored to teach multiword formulaic expressions (MWE) to date. These include (a) seeding texts with instances of the same MWEs, (b) typographic enhancement, (c) discovery or data-driven learning activities, (d) decontextualized exercises, and (e) mnemonics.

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