International English Abbreviations:Manifestation of Proficiency in English

ELKILIÇ, Gencer and Köroğlu, Hayrettin (2010) International English Abbreviations:Manifestation of Proficiency in English. In: 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Development, June 8-9 2010, Sarajevo.


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English abbreviations used on an international scale are of vital importance in the daily usage of English not only speaking, but also in listening, reading and writing. In order to be proficient in English, besides knowing the structures, vocabulary and other aspects of the language, EFL learners should be equipped with standard uses of international abbreviations such as WHO, ILO, and UN. To this end, 45 intermediate-level EFL students and 40 advanced students, studying at Kafkas University, Turkey, were assigned as the subjects of the study. The participants were given 20 most commonly used international English abbreviations in written form and they were asked to write how much they know them. The results were evaluated using SPSS 17 for windows. Descriptive statistics and Independent t-test were used for the assessment of the results. According to the result of the study, USA UK ,and NATO were known by the participants (100%) as they are encountered not only in the textbooks and materials but also in the media, however the least known abbreviations were ECHR 0(0%), RSVP 0(0%) and ILO 02(2,4%), respectively. The results showed that there was no significant difference between male and female students as well as between intermediate an advanced students (p>0,05).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: International, abbreviations, Kafkas University, EFL, proficiency
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 14:07
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 15:16

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