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Compensatory strategies of Croatian EFL learners - Lexical choices


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Čolakhodžić, Goran. (2017). Compensatory strategies of Croatian EFL learners - Lexical choices. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Letica Krevelj, Stela].

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The purpose of this study was to explore the use of compensatory strategies by adolescent Croatian EFL students faced with lexical challenges. The participant sample consisted of 74 mixed-gender secondary school students with the mean age of 17.6 years. The method used for data collection was a written, 40-item synonym provision task. In interpreting the results both quantitative and qualitative analysis based on the framework of language affordances were used. The results indicated that, after avoidance, the most frequently employed compensatory strategies were conceptual holistic and L1/L2-based strategies. They exploited a variety of affordances: those provided by the task itself, their own linguistic background, formal similarities, etc. The results are discussed with reference to the limitations imposed by the nature of the instrument used to examine compensatory strategy use in this study.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: compensatory strategies, language affordances, multilingualism, written data
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Letica Krevelj, Stela
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 13:34
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 13:34

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