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The Use of Formulaic Language in EFL High School Classrooms


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Bumbak, Silvija. (2018). The Use of Formulaic Language in EFL High School Classrooms. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Geld, Renata].

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Formulaic sequences are essential for the students who are learning English to sound fluently. This thesis focuses on the types and frequency of formulaic expressions used in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. Although the field of formulaic language has already been researched, it has not yet been profoundly explored or measured in the context of Croatian high schools, especially in a rather spontaneous discourse and non-influenced classroom conditions. Besides dealing with extensive classification and exposition of the most frequent types, this thesis aims at displaying some of the mistakes that students make when they use formulaic expressions as well as some strategies they employ to cope with communicative demands. The results have shown that, overall, the students mostly rely on lexical bundles, collocations and inserts, since they still have more confidence in using expressions with literal than idiomatic meaning. Various activities and forms of class structure are also mentioned as proven to lead to greater formulaic use; however, formulaic expressions are still on their path of receiving sufficient attention in foreign language instruction.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: formulaic sequences, formulaic language, EFL, EFL teacher
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Geld, Renata
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 08:01
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2019 08:01

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