Collocations in additional vocabulary materials for learners of German as a foreign language Cover Image

Zur Erfassung der Kollokationen in Vokabeltaschenbüchern und Vokabelheften für DaF-Lernende
Collocations in additional vocabulary materials for learners of German as a foreign language

Author(s): Joanna Targońska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Studies of Literature, Lexis, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: lexicology; collocation; collocational competence; vocabulary learning; vocabulary list

Summary/Abstract: Acquisition and usage of collocations is a source of problems for foreign language learnersbecause students are often not aware of their existence and do not realize their importancein mastering foreign language vocabulary. Collocations are conventionalized fixed sequencesof words specific for each language, therefore they cannot be creatively generated by a speaker.Collocations have to be both acquired and recalled as vocabulary learning units. Specialmaterials accompanying handbooks may be useful if they present vocabulary not only asindividual words but also as collocations. This paper analyses specimens of such materialsdesigned for specific handbooks. The objective of the analysis is to investigate if these learningmaterials include collocations. The paper presents the results of an analysis of four specimensdesigned for coursebooks for teaching German as a foreign language (Levels A1 – B2). Thequalitative and quantitative analysis covered not only word inventories but also exemplarysentences used to illustrate the meaning of new words. The results of the analysis also allow toaddress the question of how such materials help learners to develop collocational competence.

  • Issue Year: 18/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 145-172
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: German