Reaching Higher Levels Language Proficiency: Speech Community Collocations in Second Language Acquisition


• Define collocations and speech communities o How are these related and why is this important?• Review of related research• Discuss why teaching collocations increases proficiency:   o enhances vocabulary learning   o produces L2 sociolinguistic competence.    o students gain knowledge of how a language is used by the members of a speech community
Please pay special attention to the instructions doc and the DLI_v16.pdf file. The latter is the publication to which this article will be submitted.• Discuss the consequences of weak collocation knowledge:   o Prevents or makes difficult inferring from context   o Frequent misunderstanding of native speakers• Practical suggestions for teaching collocations: classroom activities and games

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