Turkey, ID LLCE2016-320;    In English, formulaic language is one of the most difficult aspects to learn and teach. Multi-word verbs are a type of formulaic language as a problematic area in lexical knowledge of second language teaching. These verbs are considerably common in the sense of native speakers of English and high-level of L2 speakers. From this perspective, these are the verbs which should be instructed to the learners from the beginning of ELT. Especially, in languages such as Turkish in which verb + particle combinations are hardly found, teaching these verbs should be considered as a master ability. For this reason, the main aim of this study is to identify the highest frequency multi-word verbs and the avoidance of using them. In this respect, common teaching ways of multi-word verbs may not be fruitful in lexical teaching environment. Since they have a complex character, their cognitive perspective, different meanings inside and semantic knowledge are clarified and verbalised in this study. Finally, in this research, after clarifying the main characters of multi-word verbs, the avoidance of using these verbs are analysed and effective instruction of them in ELT is presented.

Key Words: Formulaic Language, Multi-word Verbs, Lexical Teaching

[1]Fatma DEMİRAY AKBULUT, Abant İzzet Baysal University, School of Foreign Languages, e-mail: /




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