Reader's Forum: Teaching collocations effectively with the aid of L1

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Shigeru Ozaki, Takushoku University


The acquisition of collocations is an essential part of native-like competency in English usage yet is not so easy for learners. The use of collocations by non-native English speakers tends to be negatively influenced by their L1. Interference from the learners’ L1 could be mitigated by showing them the differences between the collocations in the target language and the equivalents in their own language. This article discusses concrete methods of teaching collocations effectively with the aid of learners’ L1 after briefly reviewing literature on collocations, collocations and language acquisition, and the use of learners’ L1 in language teaching.