The Grouping Strategy in Metaphorical Vocabulary Comprehension

Radić-Bojanić, Biljana (2012) The Grouping Strategy in Metaphorical Vocabulary Comprehension. In: 2nd International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’12), 4-6 May 2012, Sarajevo.

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Metaphorical vocabulary of the English language is often problematic for EFL students both in receptive and productive skills. One possible way of overcoming this difficulty is conscious development of learning strategies, which aid comprehension and production and lead to the autonomy of students. In order to ascertain the repertoire of strategies that students use when coping with metaphorical meaning a research was conducted at the Department of English at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. The research lasted for one year and was organized as follows: at the beginning of the academic year the students who participated in the research (experimental group, N=20; control group, N=20) took the first test which comprised a variety of exercises intended to elicit metaphorical thinking. This was followed by an interview with volunteers (N=10+10). After one semester, during which both the experimental and control group attended the same classes with the same syllabus, the only difference being the structured input presented to the experimental group, both groups took the second test and participated in the interview. After the second semester, organized in the same way as the first, the students took the third test and participated in the interview. The qualitative analysis of the interviews was aimed at ascertaining the scope of strategies students use when dealing with metaphors, so this paper focuses on one of the established strategies – grouping. This strategy is based on students’ ability to see the common denominator among different lexemes and phrases, which helps them identify the metaphor behind groups of words that, in turn, enables them both to understand the metaphorical meanings and to memorize them. The paper will demonstrate how, in time, the differences between the experimental and control groups grow larger and how, consequently, the development of strategic metaphorical competence results in students’ autonomy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: metaphorical vocabulary, learning strategies, grouping, qualitative research, interviews
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Mr. Fatih Ozturk
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 06:48
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 06:48

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