Teaching Collocations to Military Students Through Hybrid Teaching
Keywords:corpus-aided pedagogy, military English, collocation awareness, collocation competence
One example of English for a Specific Purpose is military English. The goal of any military English course is to enable students to communicate effectively in a military environment, whether the communication is in correspondence or face to face engagements.
This study demonstrates an empirical research of explicit corpus-aided English collocation instruction in hybrid method and validates its efficacy in raising learners' collocation awareness, which in turn leads to a significant improvement in military students’ communicative competence. A 20 – week-long intensive instruction of collocations was given to 20 military students learning English in the language training school of the Training and Military Education Command in Georgia. The data were collected and measured with qualitative and quantitative research methods in three phases. During the experiment, the participants received the pre-, mid-, and post-test on collocation competence answered a questionnaire at the end. The data from the tests and questionnaire collaboratively indicate that the corpus-based collocation instruction is proved to be more effective for intermediate level military students. The findings have pedagogical implications for military English instructors and students. The main objective of the study is for military English teachers to play a more active role in raising their students’ collocation awareness through appropriate guidance which in its turn will significantly improve military students’ communicative competence
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