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International Journal of Language Studies

A Quarterly Journal of Applied Linguistics

ISSN: 2157-4898 | eISSN: 2157-4901

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Editor: Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

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The effects of word games on Iranian elementary EFL learners’ vocabulary achievement

Vahid GHAHRAMAN, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran | Contact Author

Mojtaba SHABANI, Danesh Alborz University, Iran | Contact Author

International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press]. | Download PDF | Add Print to Cart

Due to the less successful results of traditional methods of vocabulary learning, such as memorization and translation, new ways of learning and retaining vocabulary items have recently been investigated by researchers and tried by instructors. Using word games has been suggested as a promising way to teach vocabulary items and to transform vocabulary knowledge from passive to active. The present study aimed to find the effects of word games on Iranian elementary EFL learners’ vocabulary achievement. 60 (N=60) Iranian elementary students were randomly divided into a control and an experimental groups; they took a vocabulary pre-test and a post-test. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the scores obtained from the two groups. To find any probable differences in the achievements of the two groups, a mixed between-within design ANOVA was conducted. Results are reported, and implications for the teaching of vocabulary items are discussed.

Citation: Ghahraman, V., & Shabani, M. (2021). The effects of word games on Iranian elementary EFL learners’ vocabulary achievement. International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press].

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An investigation into syntactic patterns carrying Persian light verb zadan

Shapour Reza BERENJIAN, Shiraz University, Iran | Contact Author

Jalal RAHIMIAN, Shiraz University, Iran | Contact Author

International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press]. | Download PDF | Add Print to Cart

A light verb basically constitutes the verbal element of a compound verb. Following Huddleston and Pullum (2002), this paper aims at discovering and analyzing syntactic patterns in which ‘zadan’, as one the most frequent light verbs in Persian, is the main verb. The research data were collected from the Updating Persian Corpus consisting of 48M words. The study adopted a descriptive-analytical method and a corpus-based survey design. The results indicated that zadan is used in five different syntactic patterns. In the first pattern, three phrases comprise the basic elements of the clause, but each of the remaining four patterns needs at least four syntactic elements: nouns, NPs, PPs, and the light verb zadan. In all of the sentences analyzed, 21 different semantic roles were found which were played by different syntactic categories. The findings of the study also showed that 28% and 72% of the occurrences of this light verb were transitive and intransitive respectively. In 43% of the cases, zadan was used as a stative verb whereas in 57% of the cases, the verb showed a dynamic situation. In over 90% of the occurrences of zadan as a light verb, there was not any equivalent in the form of a single-word verb.

Citation: Berenjian, S. R., & Rahimian, J. (2021). An investigation into syntactic patterns carrying persian light verb zadan. International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press].

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Rethinking English for Medical Purposes in Iran: Investigating the effectiveness of the status quo from stakeholders’ perspectives

Nargess HEKMATI, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran | Contact Author

Mohammad DAVOUDI, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran | Contact Author

Gholamreza ZAREIAN, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran | Contact Author

Mahmoud ELYASI, Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran | Contact Author

International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press]. | Download PDF | Add Print to Cart

This study tries to explore the stakeholders’ perception about the status quo of English for Medical Purposes (EMP) in Iranian context, and their ideas for the improvement of the current situation. For so doing, both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection were used. In the first phase of the study, a structured questionnaire was developed and distributed among 282 Medical Students, 12 instructors, and 15 practitioners studying and working at Birjand University of Medical Sciences to probe into their perception of the extent to which the current EMP curriculum can satisfy medical students’ language needs. In the second phase of the study, 25 medical students, 8 instructors, 12 practitioners, and 3 EFL instructors were interviewed. The results of the first phase of the study (quantitative part) showed that the participants believed that the current EMP curriculum cannot satisfy medical students’ English language needs in the four major language skills and their subcomponents. Furthermore, they were not satisfied with the current class size, teaching and evaluation methods, textbooks, and the time allocated for teaching EMP. The findings of the second phase of the study (qualitative part) further confirmed the participants’ dissatisfaction with the components of the EMP curriculum. In addition, they believed that changes in the status quo of EMP should begin with the EMP educational policies. The findings are discussed and the implications for policy and practice are mentioned.

Citation: Hekmati, N., Davoudi, M., Zareian, G. R., & Elyasi, M. (2021). Rethinking English for Medical Purposes in Iran: Investigating the effectiveness of the status quo from stakeholders’ perspectives. International Journal of Language Studies, 15(1), [Article in Press].

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