Pictures in Foreign Language Preposition Learning

Pramono, Y.G. Harto (2005) Pictures in Foreign Language Preposition Learning. Widya Dharma : Majalah Ilmiah Kependidikan, 15 (2). pp. 125-139. ISSN 0853 - 0920

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This article explores the effects of design features on support given by illustrations to English preposition learning. Primary school students in Surabaya learning English completed a set of simple sentences in English from each of which the preposition had been omitted. Each written sentence was accompanied by a static illustration to represent the missing preposition. Analyses of subjects' responses suggested that two major sources of error were (a) subjects 'first-language interference, and (b) "misinterpretation" of accompanying illustrations. In the latter case, the majority of problems occurred with sentences describing a change in a situation rather than those specifying an on-going state. Locational, directional, and temporal aspects were identified as design features of an illustration necessary to specify the motion (change-related) prepusitions. In illustrations where such components are lacking, learners' success in selecting the appropriate preposition for a dynamic situation seemed to be related in part to their background knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: static illustrations, design features, motion prepositions, verbal visual processing, mental models
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Journal Publication
Depositing User: Josefine Hira Eksi
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 06:45
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 06:45

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