The use of pictorial devices to improve english idioms elucidation among efl seventh-grade students

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Patricio Calderón
Carlos Humberto Chancay Cedeño


Idioms are considered one of the most complex aspects students of English as a Foreign Language must face on their road to mastering it, and although the literature about the pedagogical principles to teach idioms is not abundant, known studies made about the didactical aspects of idioms teaching, point in the direction of using imagery or visual aids as a successful way to help students to interpret them. Throughout the quantitative method, this paper collects the results of a study made with A1-A2 level seventh-grade students that shows how helpful in an EFL classroom the use of imagery in the process of idioms elucidation, with an improvement rate of over fifty per cent when an idioms interpretation test is accompanied with visual aids in opposition to a test with no visual aids at all.


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Calderón, P., & Chancay Cedeño, C. H. (2023). The use of pictorial devices to improve english idioms elucidation among efl seventh-grade students. UNESUM - Ciencias. Revista Científica Multidisciplinaria, 7(3), 50-59.
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Patricio Calderón, Universidad Técnica de Manabí

Maestrante de la Maestría en Pedagogía de los Idiomas Nacionales y Extranjeros Mención Enseñanza del Inglés de la Universidad Técnica de Manabí, Ecuador; Docente de la Unidad de Educación General Básica “Francisco Pacheco”; Portoviejo, Ecuador.

Carlos Humberto Chancay Cedeño, Universidad Técnica de Manabí

Magíster en Pedagogía; Doctor Dentro del Programa de Doctorado en Educación; Licenciado en Ciencias de la Educación Especialidad Inglés; Docente del Departamento de Pedagogía de los Idiomas Nacionales y Extranjeros; Universidad Técnica de Manabí; Portoviejo, Ecuador.


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