Introducing the First Large-Scale English Collocational Chunk List and Innovative Methods in Which Collocational Fluency Can Be Mastered


This presentation will discuss the findings of the speaker's PhD thesis which identified the most common chunks of English. The resulting large-scale list is the first of its kind, and a major breakthrough in that a resource is now available that replaces the dated method of studying via word lists. Studying such chunks is not only more efficient than studying isolated vocabulary, but also enables students to learn grammar implicitly. Thus, it enables learners to master vocabulary, collocations, and grammar efficiently to develop native-like fluency. First, this presentation will discuss the background research and steps taken to create this resource. Then, a description of an innovative Leitner algorithm-based app in which students can use to study the contents of this resource will be provided. Finally, an in-class study method which has been used to train hundreds of ESL teachers will be explained that teachers can use in conjunction with the resource. This activity is essentially a Leitner style learning activity that students can do in groups which has been proven to make learning more efficient while also being highly enjoyable. By the end of this presentation, audience members will have gained knowledge in regards to vocabulary, collocation, and formulaic language acquisition. They will also have access to a large-scale chunk list that is the first of its kind. Finally, they will know how to teach such a resource in their classes with enjoyable but also highly efficient activities.

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James Rogers, Meijo University, Japan

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Conference: IICLLHawaii2017
Stream: Language education

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