Using Pictures and Themes to Teach Collocations

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U Teng (Trevor) Ho, Institute for Tourism Studies; Mary E. Eddy-U, Institute for Tourism Studies

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Ho, U. T., & Eddy-U, M. E. (2016). Using pictures and themes to teach collocations. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner. Tokyo: JALT.

In this study, the effectiveness of using pictures and themes to teach collocations with prepositions was investigated. The participants were a group of Chinese-speaking learners of English at a tertiary institution in Macao, China. Data from pre- and posttests as well as questionnaires and interviews indicated positive results of using pictures and a combination of pictures and themes to teach collocations with prepositions. Although there was no significant difference in test scores when compared to a traditional approach, the use of pictures was a preferred method according to both participating students and teachers.