Linguistic Awareness of the Prepositional Phrase Complexities in the English as a Foreign Language Context

Keywords: EFL learners, functional grammar, prepositional phrases

Abstract

This essay focuses on a description of the complexities of Prepositional Phrases (PPs) and their challenges for EFL learners. The rationale is to raise language awareness of the multifaceted nature of the PP in teachers and students. The grammatical explanations offered in the literature review are based on Functional Grammar. Moreover, previous research conducted addressing the issues of EFL learners facing problems with PPs are proposed in four configurations: semantic, syntactic, lexical and socio-cultural. Such configurations address scenarios for the identification of multiple meanings, different syntactic functions and structures, regional variations, typology, formal and informal language usage, among others, which represent obstacles and difficulties in the comprehension of the topic by EFL learners. Finally, we conclude that the limited use of syntactic functions, poor internal configuration of PPs, as well as the high frequency of errors reported by previous research indicate PPs are complex to use. Thereby, explicitly reinforcing the teaching of all the configurations of PPs is suggested.

Author Biographies

Chinger Enrique Zapata-Leal, Universidad Católica del Norte

Magíster en EILE y Magíster en Lingüística de la Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador – Venezuela (UPEL), donde trabajó por 15 años en el Dpto. de Inglés. Fue Director de la Maestría en Inglés y del Núcleo de Investigación, ambos de la UPEL. Fue Director de la Escuela de Inglés de la Universidad Católica del Norte, Antofagasta – Chile de 2014 a 2015 y, actualmente, es investigador y profesor de gramática inglesa en la misma escuela. Posee publicaciones y es ponente a nivel internacional.

María Cecilia Ávila-Portuanto, Universidad Católica del Norte

Maestra en Lingüística Aplicada. Ha enseñado inglés como lengua extranjera (ILE) por 18 años a nivel internacional. Sus líneas de investigación incluyen: trabajo con las complejidades de las frases preposicionales desde la perspectiva de la Gramática Funcional y metodología de instrucción diferencial para la enseñanza de conceptos abstractos en el contexto del ILE. Actualmente es académica en el programa de Pedagogía en Inglés de la Universidad Católica del Norte en Antofagasta, Chile.  

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Published
2021-04-10
How to Cite
Zapata-Leal, C., & Ávila-Portuanto, M. (2021). Linguistic Awareness of the Prepositional Phrase Complexities in the English as a Foreign Language Context. Revista Electrónica Educare, 25(2), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.15359/ree.25-2.29
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