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Incidental Phrasal Verb Acquisition through Second Language Reading

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Incidental Phrasal Verb Acquisition through Second Language Reading

Hare, Amanda J. (2010) Incidental Phrasal Verb Acquisition through Second Language Reading. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Incidental Phrasal Verb Acquisition through Second Language Reading

Amanda Hare


Phrasal verbs are given focused attention by students, teachers and textbooks alike as being difficult to acquire but important for language learners to have some mastery over. This study examined the effectiveness of incidentally acquiring phrasal verbs and one-word verbs through second language reading with post-reading discussion activities. To my knowledge, except Bishop (2004), no other study has compared the acquisition of formulaic sequences with one-word items. The treatment involved reading eight one-page mystery stories with the targets built in for eight incidental written encounters; each story was followed by a discussion period to solve the mystery. During discussion students were able to ask for word meanings or generatively use the targets (both labeled as ‘negotiation’). All discussions were recorded and later analyzed. Measures administered after treatment found eight unique textual exposures plus discussion lead to gains that were significant for phrasal verbs and one-word verbs alike. Differences in mean learning gains for the two types of verb were not statistically significant. Negotiation was able to predict both accurate and inaccurate learning; the inaccurate learning may have represented false confidence gained through negotiation; hence teachers need to be sure the correct meaning of target words are acquired through discussion. Recommendations for future research and pedagogical implications are also included. Overall, phrasal verbs may not be as difficult to learn as previously thought; in this study, they were learned as effectively as one-word verbs through eight or more incidental exposures through reading with negotiation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hare, Amanda J.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Applied Linguistics
Date:15 December 2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Horst, Marlise
Keywords:Second language reading, phrasal verbs, input, output, oral negotiation, written input, acquisition, incidental
ID Code:7021
Deposited By: AMANDA HARE
Deposited On:09 Jun 2011 14:48
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:29

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