Effects of distributed practice on the acquisition of verb-noun collocations

Satoshi Yamagata, Tatsuya Nakata, James Rogers

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Abstract

Given the importance of collocational knowledge for second language learning, how collocation learning can be facilitated is an important question. The present study examined the effects of three different practice schedules on collocation learning: node massed, collocation massed, and collocation spaced. In the node-massed schedule, three collocations for the same node verb were studied on the same day. In the collocation-massed schedule, three collocations for the same node verb were studied in different weeks. In the collocation-spaced schedule, participants encountered multiple collocations for the same node verb within a single day; at the same time, multiple collocations for the same node verb were repeated each week. To examine whether the knowledge of studied collocations could be transferred to unstudied collocations containing the same node, posttests included novel collocations that were not encountered during the treatment. Results suggested that the collocation-spaced schedule led to the largest gains for both studied and unstudied collocations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
JournalStudies in Second Language Acquisition
Early online date30 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jun 2022

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