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Title: Acquisition of formulaic sequences in intensive and regular EFL programs. Language Teaching Research
Author: Serrano Serrano, Raquel
Stengers, Helene
Housen, Alex
Keywords: Ensenyament de llengües
Comunicació oral
Language teaching
Oral communication
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: This paper aims to analyze the role of time concentration of instructional hours on the acquisition of formulaic sequences in English as a foreign language (EFL). Two program types that offer the same amount of hours of instruction are considered: intensive (110 hours/one month) and regular (110 hours/seven months). The EFL learners under study are adults at the beginner (N=35), intermediate (N=44) and advanced levels (N=45). A group of native English speakers (N=12) served as a benchmark. The focus of this study is on the number and range of formulaic sequences the participants used while performing an oral narrative. The results of the statistical analyses show a slight advantage for the learners in the intensive program, especially at the intermediate level, both in terms of frequency and range of formulaic sequences produced. Moreover, results suggest that there are still marked differences between even the advanced EFL learners in our sample and the native speaker benchmarks, again both in terms of number and range of formulaic sequences.
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It is part of: Language Teaching Research, 2015, vol. 19, num. 1, p. 89-106
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ISSN: 1362-1688
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