Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                   Pp.269-282

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

Dentisak Dokchandra
Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart
University, Thailand,

Sichabhat Boonnoon
Department of Languages, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Management Science, Kasetsart
University, Thailand
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Received:08/24/2023                     Accepted:11/22/2023                 Published:12/15/2023


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.


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

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.

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.