Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Research Student: Dung Thi Phuong Cao

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Impact of online collocation dictionary to advanced learners’ collocation competence in L2 writing

Submission Date: November 2018


I am a teacher of English at a University in Viet Nam. I have taught English-majored students and in-service education.

I obtained my BA at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Viet Nam in 2001. In 2005, I got my master degree in TESOL from this same University.

Prior to this study, I have taught at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in my homeland.

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

I am pursuing a PhD for some reasons. It is, first of all, my own desire to gain more knowledge to improve my teaching, and this is also for the benefits of my students. Second, not going forward means going backward, which motivates me to study higher. Finally. I like challenge.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

From those years of language teaching to learners at University level, I could observe that students are still struggling with some difficulties in writing, specifically collocation use. This is troublesome to not only learners at different levels but also of different language backgrounds. Finding a way to help learners use collocations effectively in writing is what I am interested in. For those learners at advanced level, providing them with a tool or a strategy to improve collocation use themselves is more important than how to teach them; hence, in my research I am looking at impact of online collocation dictionary to learners’ collocation use. 

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

After finishing my PhD, I will come back classroom in my country, Viet Nam.

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