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A Pilot Study in Learning English Phrasal Verbs

Cheon, Yunseong (2006) A Pilot Study in Learning English Phrasal Verbs. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper investigates the effect of learning conditions on phrasal verbs in adult ESL learners. It aims to find more effective learning conditions for phrasal verbs taking into account the influence of proficiency and the learner's first language. The study, which was designed as an experimental study, includes the following procedures: a pre-test/treatment/post-test. The experiment was conducted using Arabic and Korean learners, and they were divided into two proficiency levels (high and low levels) according to the results of the pre-test. The interaction between the learning condition (translation versus context), the proficiency level, and first language was studied. The semantic properties of phrasal verbs (transparent versus idiomatic phrasal verbs) were also examined. The study suggests that the context learning condition was more beneficial to Arabic participants whereas the translation learning condition was more beneficial to Korean participants.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJuffs, Alanjuffs@pitt.eduJUFFS
Committee MemberSiskin, Claire B
Committee MemberMcCormick, Dawnmccormic@pitt.eduMCCORMIC
Date: 28 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 28 July 2006
Approval Date: 28 September 2006
Submission Date: 17 August 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic learners; Korean learners; phrasal verbs; second language acquisition; ESL; vocabulary
Other ID:, etd-08172006-103008
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:49


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