An Investigation of the Use of English Complementation by Taiwanese University Students

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The teaching of English complementation is one of the trying tasks confronting by foreign language teachers. Knowing when to use which form when only one is possible or when both are allowed as complements of a matrix verb is particularly difficult for non-native speakers.The purpose of the study is twofold. First, it investigates the hierarchy of difficulty and sequential relationship for the use of English complementation by Taiwanese university students. Secondly, the study focuses on the possible factors that will lead to the acquisition of English complementation, focusing on the properties of the matrix verbs, the role of markedness. The research will provide further insights for learning English complementation and provide the possible suggestion necessary to the development of effective pedagogy for teaching this difficult area of English grammar.


Keywords: English Complementation, Language Learning, Form-focused Instruction
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Hsiao-hui Hsu

Lecturer, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology
Taoyuan County, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

I am teaching at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Lunghwa University of Science and Technology as a full-time lecturer and am currently studying at the Ph.D. Program in TESOL at Tamkang University. I hold an M.A. in Community Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in Linguistics from Syracuse University. My research interest is in EFL acquisition and use of English verbals.

Ref: L08P0098