Concordance-based Material as a Form-focused Solution to Constituent Misordering

By Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This paper investigates the effectiveness of concordance-based material for an EFL problem—misordering in expressions of measurement. A specifically designed pre- and posttest is developed for testing Thai students’ ability to use the expression. The sample comprises four groups of university students in their first and second years (two groups each). One first year group and one sophomore group are experimental ones, and the other two control groups. In the pretest and the posttest, they are all instructed to arrange chunks (i.e., constituents) into complete sentences. The experimental groups are exposed to a concordance-based, self-study material before taking the posttest. An ANOVA shows that they arrange the constituents in the posttest significantly more accurately at p <= .001 than do the control groups. The material is argued for raising their awareness of the distinct ordering. Hence, concordance-based material could be applied to other form-focused problems in EFL.

Keywords: Experiment, Concordance, Material Design, Ordering, Effectiveness, Testing

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.57-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.699MB).

Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul

Lecturer, School of Foreign Languages, Suranaree University of Technology, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

I graduated from Chulalongkorn University, majoring in Secondary Education (English and German) for my B.Ed. and in English for my M.A. My thesis is “Characteristic Features in English Acknowledgements Written by Thai Graduates: Indicators for Thai English,” which is a study under the theory of world Englishes. Therefore, my interests lie in characteristics of new Englishes, English language and teaching, and applied corpus linguistics. I am currently a postgraduate research student at the University of Leicester, UK. Upon graduation, I will be legally obliged to return to Thailand and work as lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages, Institute of Social Technology, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000, Thailand.