THE NOTICING CHALLENGE OF FORMULAIC SEQUENCES BY TURKISH EFL LEARNERS


AKSAR M.

10. INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND STYLISTIC SYMPOSIUM, Ankara, Türkiye, 01 Ocak 2011, cilt.1, ss.51-57

  • Cilt numarası: 1
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Ankara
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.51-57

Özet


The widespread usage of formulaic sequences in English makes it crucial to learn. According to Sorhus’s corpus (1977) formed in an unplanned way and consisting 133,536 words, 1 in 5 words is formulaic sequence. Besides, research has shown that spoken language has more formulaic sequence than written one. The formulaic sequence rate in spoken language ranges between 32% and 58,6% while it varies in written language between 20% and 52,3% (Sorhus, Howarth, Erman and Warren, Biber and et al.) According to these results, it can be asserted that formulaic sequences have a great effect on acquiring spoken language. Nevertheless, as many scholars state, formulaic sequences cannot be learned but acquired. This study is conducted to 200 Preparatory School students at Karabuk University in order to detect level of noticing target formulaic sequence. In this context, an experimental research study will be implemented on control and experimental groups which include 100 students per group. Control group will be given a formulaic sequence worksheet without pre-teaching while experimental group will be given the same worksheet after giving a passage including formulaic sequences and being asked to read it twice. However, any detailed information won’t be given to experimental group to find out the noticing level of two groups. It is aimed to detect the lack of consciousness in Turkish EFL learners and suggest possible solutions.