Arabic-Speaking EFL Learners’ Recognition, and Use of English Phrasal Verbs in Listening and Writing

Abdullah Alshayban


This study investigates the usefulness of acquiring English PVs (as a key component of English vocabulary) using listening activities. Therefore, this study analyzes how Arabic speakers studying English as a foreign language (EFL) understand and use English phrasal verbs through listening. A self-administered survey was distributed to 74 students, mainly from Saudi Arabia. They listened to a recording incorporating frequently used English phrasal verbs and identified those they could recognize. The survey also measured the ability of respondents to provide sentences in which they used phrasal verbs and gave their meanings in Arabic. The findings indicated that EFL students are likely more familiar with phrasal verbs in writing than in an oral context. For instance, the average respondent could detect six or seven out of ten phrasal verbs they heard, while about 90% of respondents could use the provided phrasal verbs correctly in writing. Respondents recognized some phrasal verbs more than others. At least 80% recognized “pick me up,” “go on,” and “go out,” while less than 47% recognized “came out” and “set up.” More than 81% knew the correct definition of phrasal verbs. These findings offer foundational data to help improve methodologies for Arabic speakers learning EFL through listening activities.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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