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False Friends in Learner Corpora

A corpus-based study of English false friends in the written and spoken production of Spanish learners


M Luisa Roca-Varela

This book is conceived as a contribution to the general understanding of learner language. It presents an innovative approach to the study of English false friends. False friends are a current issue for those learning and working with languages since these lexical items may spring up in different contexts of our everyday life. The book identifies false friends in real samples of learner English, reflects on the difficulty of these words and illustrates the specific problems which should be addressed in the EFL classroom. The ultimate purpose of this book is to cast new light on both the skillful and awkward use of false friends in learner English.
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5. Conclusions, Pedagogical Implications and Further Research


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5.   Conclusions, Pedagogical Implications and Further Research

5.1   Main Conclusions

The data obtained from the analysis of learner language allow us to draw conclusions on what learners know and what learners need to know about the 100 high-frequency false friends under analysis in this survey.

One of the main aims of this piece of research was to find out whether English false friends constitute a real problem for language learners or FF are just an invented myth which is not important beyond Lado’s contrastive view of language teaching. In addition, this study was intended to provide a double-perspective of the phenomenon since it examines for the first time the occurrence of these words in both spoken and written learner corpora. This section attempts to make these, and other, research questions clear.

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