Effect of collocations on Iranian EFL learners’ writing: Attitude in focus Attitude in Focus

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Seyedeh Maryam Mousavi
Laya Heidari Darani

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This study aimed at investigating the effect of collocations as language chunks on Iranian female intermediate EFL learners’ writing skill. Moreover, the researchers intended to find out the attitude of learners towards writing skill after collocations were taught. To this end, 30 female Iranian EFL learners who were studying English in a language institute in Isfahan, aged between 18 and 26 years old formed the sample. The instruments used for data collection included three tests (Oxford Placement Test, writing pretest and posttest) and an attitude questionnaire developed by Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff. The results obtained from the statistical analyses revealed that there was a significant effect of using collocations on the writing skill of Iranian female intermediate EFL learners. Furthermore, based on the findings, it can be claimed that the learners’ attitude boosted in the course of this experiment, indicating that using collocations had a significantly positive impact on the attitudes of Iranian EFL learners towards writing skill. 


Keywords: attitude, collocations, language chunks, writing skill

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