Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                   Pp.269-282
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.16

 Full Paper PDF

An Investigation of Thai University EFL Students’ Ability to Notice English Idiomatic
Expressions
 

Dentisak Dokchandra
Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart
University, Thailand,  dentisak@gmail.com

Sichabhat Boonnoon
Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart
University, Thailand
Corresponding author:  sjbnoon@gmail.com

 

Received:08/24/2023                     Accepted:11/22/2023                 Published:12/15/2023

 

Abstract:
The main aims of this research were  to investigate Thai EFL students’ level of ability to notice English idiomatic expressions and variations in their ability to notice the idioms in terms of idiom types, academic disciplines, and perceptions towards their idiom noticing ability. The participants were 162 English as a foreign language students (99 females, 63 males) selected through a purposive sampling method from a university in Northeastern Thailand. The data was collected through an Idiom Noticing and Identifying Test. The results revealed that the students had a low level of ability to notice English idiomatic expressions. The type of idioms the students had reported as the most noticed were transparent idioms, and the opaque idioms as the least noticed. The students were not different in their ability to notice idiomatic expressions regarding their academic disciplines, and they were not sure about the idiomaticity of the idioms they claimed to have noticed.
Keywords:  English idioms, EFL learners’ ability, idiomatic expressions, Noticing, Thai EFL students

Cite as: Dokchandra, D., & Boonnoon, S.  (2023). An Investigation of Thai University EFL Students’ Ability to Notice English Idiomatic Expressions. Arab World English Journal, 14 (4): 269-282.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.16

References

Alali, F.A. & Schmitt, N.(2012). Teaching formulaic sequences: the same as or different from teaching single words? TESOL Journal, 3(2), 153–180.

Al-Houti, S.K. & Aldaihani, S. M. (2020). Learners in a tight corner: An investigation of figurative idiomatic competence and learner-related factors. English Language Teaching, 13(4), 76-85. https://doi.org/10.5539/elt.v13n4p76

Al-Khawaldeh, N., Jaradat, A., Al-momani, H. & Bani-Khair, B. (2016). Figurative idiomatic language: Strategies and difficulties of understanding English idioms. International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature, 5(6), 119-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.5n.6p.119

Anjarini, R.D. & Hatmanto, E.D. (2021). Challenges and strategies in understanding English idioms: English as a foreign language students’ perception. Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, 626, 241-247.

Conklin, K. & Schmitt, N. (2008). Formulaic sequences: are they processed more quickly than non-formulaic language by native and non-native speakers? Appl. Linguist. 29, 72–89.

De Caro, E. E. R. (2009). The advantages and importance of learning and using idioms in English. Cuadernos de Lingüística Hispánica, 14, 121-136.

Dokchandra, D. (2015). The effects of collocation noticing instruction on Thai EFL learners’ collocational competence. Journal of Advances in English Language Teaching, 3(1), 1-11.

Dokchandra, D. (2019). Thai EFL Learners’ collocational competence and their perceptions of collocational difficulty. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 9(3), 776-784. http://dx.doi.org/10.17507/tpls.0907.04

EF Education First. (2021). EF English Proficiency Index 2021 Edition (2021). Author. Retrieved from https://www.ef.com/wwen/epi/

El-Dakhs, D. A. S., Khan, S. K., & Al-Khodair, M. (2022). Do foreign language learners mine input texts for multiword expressions? The case of writing story retellings. Ampersand, 9, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2021.100080

Erman, B. & Warren, B.C. (2000). The idiom principle and the open choice principle. Text 20 (1), 29–62.

Fernando, C. (1996). Idioms and Idiomaticity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harper Collins. (n.d.). Idiom. In Collins Dictionaries. Retrieved May 6, 2023, from https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/idiom

Lewis, M. (2000). Teaching collocation: Further developments in the lexical approach. London: Language Teaching Publications.

Liontas, J. I. (2001). That’s all Greek to me! The comprehension and interpretation of Modern Greek phrasal idioms. The Reading Matrix, 1(1), 1–31.

Mäntylä, K. (2004). Idioms and language users : the effect of the characteristics of idioms on their recognition and interpretation by native and non-native speakers of English, (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Martinez, R., & Schmitt, N. (2012). A phrasal expressions list. Applied Linguistics, 33, 299–320. https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/ams010

Moon, R. (1998). Fixed expressions and idioms in English: a corpus-based approach.  Clarendon’ Press.

Nippold, M. A., & Taylor, C. L. (1995). Idiom understanding in youth: Further examination of familiarity and transparency. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 45, 384–391. https://doi.org/10.1044/jshr.3802.426

Ohlrogge, A. (2009). Formulaic expressions in intermediate EFL writing assessment. In R. Corrigan, E.A. Moravcsik, H. Ouali, & K.M. Wheatley (Eds.), Formulaic Language, Volume 2: Acquisition, Loss, Psychological Reality, and Functional Explanations (pp.379-386). John Benjamins.

Oxford University Press. (2023). Idiom. In oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com. Retrieved April 4, 2023, from https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

Rungsripattanaporn, S. & Na Ranong, S. (2018). Exploring L2 idiom comprehension: A case of Thai EFL learners. Pasaa Paritat Journal, 33, 127-156.

Schmidt, R.W. (1990). The Role of Consciousness in Second Language Learning. Applied Linguistics, 11, 129-158.

Schmidt, R.W. (2001). Attention. In P. Robinson (Ed.), Cognition and Second Language Instruction (pp.3-32). Cambridge University Press.

Schmitt, N. (2010). Researching Vocabulary: A Vocabulary Research Manual. Palgrave Macmillan.

Siefring, J. (2004). The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tabley A. N. & Hermilinda, A. I. (2021). An Investigation on the Comprehension of English Idioms Among Moi Primary School Children in Nairobi. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 12(4), 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.12n.4.p.1

Tilmatine, M., Hubers, F., & Hintz, F. (2021). Exploring Individual Differences in Recognizing Idiomatic Expressions in Context. Journal of Cognition, 4(1), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.183

Tran, H.Q. (2013). Figurative idiomatic competence: An analysis of EFL learners in Vietnam. Language Education in Asia, 4(1), 23-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.5746/LEiA/13/V4/I1/A3/Tran

Underwood, G., Schmitt, N. & Galpin, A. (2004). The eyes have it: an eye-movement study into the processing of formulaic sequences. In: N. Schmitt (Ed.), Formulaic Sequences (pp.53-71). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Xie, H. (2017). Investigating Chinese EFL learners’ comprehension of English idioms. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 8 (2), 329-336. http://dx.doi.org/10.17507/jltr.0802.15

Zuo, H. (2021). The Effects of Electronic Glosses on EFL Learners’ Noticing and Retention of Idioms in Reading. Asia-Pacific Edu Res, 30, 95–108. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40299-020-00517-x

 

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Reddit
Email
StumbleUpon
Digg
Received: 08/24/2023
Accepted: 11/22/2023
Published: 12/15/2023 
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2388-7631
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.16

Dentisak Dokchandra, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of  English at the Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand. His research interests are in the areas of L2 reading and writing, language learning strategies, phraseology, and English literature. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2388-7631

Sichabhat Boonnoon is an assistant professor of English at the Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand. Her line of research centers around language learning strategies, second language acquisition, and TEFL/TESL.  https://orcid.org/0000-3144-1624