By Yuanwen Lu
Collocation is a vital instrument in describing lexical behaviour in language and has got expanding cognizance in recent times.
Based on corpora: LOCNESS (the Louvain Corpus of local English Essays) and MLC (the Non-English significant Mainland chinese language Learner Corpus), this ebook explores the gains of chinese language learner English with research of grammatical and lexical collocations. The findings exhibit that chinese language college scholars use collocations with significantly much less style and chinese and tradition exert a considerable effect on their English writing. It additionally discusses how you can take on the issues chinese language English newbies face and the pedagogical implications for instructing English and studying English collocations.
As one of many first systematic reports to enquire collocations in chinese language learner English in accordance with learner corpora, this publication not just analyzes how chinese language rookies use collocations of their English writing, but additionally offers major implications for overseas language educating and learning.
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Students who have passed CET-4 will have the chance to take CET-6 during their third or fourth year. All the non-English major postgraduate students have to take CET-6 during their three-year postgraduate study. In CET-4 and CET-6, composition is a compulsory item. In this part, students are required to write a short essay on a given topic within 30 minutes. They should write at least 120 words for CET-4 and 150 words for CET-6 based on an outline usually given in Chinese for the sake of rating criteria.
Fries, 1945: 9) CA involves two steps. The first step is to describe comparable features of L1 and L2, and then compare the two languages in order to find the mismatches that would predictably cause interference and error (James, 1998: 4). Based on the view that difficulties in second language learning could be predicted by CA and proper steps could then be taken to reduce them, a tremendous number of teaching materials were produced. However, some weaknesses are also pointed out concerning the applicability of CA to language learning and teaching.
2â•… Comparability of LOCNESS, MLC and BoE (1)â•… Comparability between LOCNESS and MLC The two corpora – LOCNESS and MLC – are comparable in terms of their genre of writing (argumentative essays) and the age of the writer (around 20Â€years’ old university students). Although the topics in both corpora are different, a quantitative analysis of the collocational patterns such as “adjective + noun” and “verb + noun” is not affected significantly by the frequency of occurrence of specific words, for it is reasonable to assume that no matter what topics are written about, these patterns are essential to be used.