Features of Formulaic Sequences Used by Chinese EFL Learners in Performing a Story Retelling Assessment Task

  • Lei Wang
  • Chan Chen


In the study of second language acquisition (SLA), many researchers have focused their attention on the ways that learners can best acquire the target language (TL). In recent years increasing attention has been paid to the mastery of formulaic sequences (FSs) or chunks in SLA (Lewis, 1993; Nattinger and DeCarrico, 1992; Willis, 1990; Wray, 2000). FSs are those ready-made lexical sequences that can be used without breaking the components into individual parts. Such patterns of language are usually perceived, learned and used as meaningful sequences that are processed as a whole, resulting in reduced learning burden and increased fluency.


Target Language Language Acquisition Language Teaching Test Taker Assessment Task 
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