VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Using Online Concordancer in Teaching Collocations and Promoting EFL Students’ Independent Learning
Thao Thi Huong Luong, Thuy Thi Nguyen

Building: A12
Room: Room 202
Date: 2018-10-12 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


English collocations present problems to both beginners and advanced EFL students, and they play a crucial role in distinguishing between good and poor writing. Sun and Wang (2003) and Chan & Liou (2005) noticed the potential of using corpora and concordancers for teaching collocations because corpora can provide students with various authentic examples of collocation patterns instead of the artificial examples in textbooks or dictionaries. Furthermore, concordancers can encourage students to independently search for and learn collocation patterns by themselves. This project aims at investigating the use of a web-based concordancer in teaching collocations to thirty English majors. In this project, collocation teaching was incorporated into writing lessons, and students were instructed how to search for possible occurrence of collocation patterns using Just-The -Word web-based concordancer. At the end of the semester, students were given a questionnaire evaluating the effectiveness of the online concordancer. Meanwhile, student’s writing entries were also examined and compared with those of another group of students who did not use this online tool. Results indicated that students found this online tool useful in searching proper collocations; however, participants reported some difficulties in using this web-based concordancer and suggested that some of its functions and its presentation of results should be improved. Comparisons between students’ writing entries also showed that participants who used concordancer made fewer errors and used various collocation patterns than the other group of students.


EFL writing, online concordancer, collocations, corpora