The effects of Lexical collocations on Intermediate EFL learners’ writing fluency in Shahab English institute of Mahabad

Bayez Enayati, Shaho Mohammad Shamami & Mohammad Rasha, Islamic Azad University, Branch of Mahabad, Iran, ID LLCE2017-168;     Abstract: The present study aimed at investigating the effect of teaching collocations on the writing  fluency of EFL Iranian Learners in Shahab English institute of Mahabad, Iran. To this end, after administrating the Quick Placement Test (QPT), 60 intermediate L2 learners were selected out of 120, and assigned to two experimental and control groups. For pretests, collocation test were run. Then, Collocation in Use was taught to the experimental group as a treatment. After collocation instruction, another collocation test was conducted on both experimental and control group. The results of paired sample t-test showed that the participants’ writing ability in the experimental group significantly improved in posttest. Moreover, the results also displayed that the participants had positive attitudes towards explicit instruction of collocations. This study has theoretical and pedagogical implications in the field of foreign/second language teaching and learning. It can be considered as a solution for language teachers, constantly searching for the better ways to train native-like speakers.

Key words:  writing , lexical collocation, fluency