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Pages: 6603-6606
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.1554

Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain

PROCESSING OF ENGLISH IDIOMS BY GREEK EFL LEARNERS: EFFECTS OF IDIOM TYPE AND PROFICIENCY LEVEL

T. Liontou

University of Athens (GREECE)
Gibbs (1980: 149) and Bulut (2004: 105) artfully claimed, idioms are the most vital parts of every human language, because speakers can express their feelings and experiences better through figurative expressions. They are used to give life and richness to the language, by taking the existing words, combining them in a new sense, and creating new meanings, just like a work of art (Bulut, 2004: 105; Doroodi & Hashemian, 2011: 712; Simpson & Mendis, 2003: 419). Though many L2 studies have explored the development of figurative language competence and the strategies employed during idiom interpretation, few studies have examined the relationship between idiom processing and L2 learners' reading comprehension in consonance with their level of language proficiency. This paper reports on a one-year study that aimed at investigating the development of young learners’ reading competence in relation to comprehending idioms. A total of 100 EFL students aged 13 to 15 years old took part in the study. The findings of the study could provide practical guidance to EFL instructors, material developers and test designers with regard to the type of reading comprehension strategies EFL learners employ when exposed to idioms while learning English as a Foreign Language.
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title = {PROCESSING OF ENGLISH IDIOMS BY GREEK EFL LEARNERS: EFFECTS OF IDIOM TYPE AND PROFICIENCY LEVEL},
series = {12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2018 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-697-9480-7},
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doi = {10.21125/inted.2018.1554},
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location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {5-7 March, 2018},
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DO - 10.21125/inted.2018.1554
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T. Liontou (2018) PROCESSING OF ENGLISH IDIOMS BY GREEK EFL LEARNERS: EFFECTS OF IDIOM TYPE AND PROFICIENCY LEVEL, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 6603-6606.
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