Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language


This field project probes into miscommunication problems between Chinese international students and native English speakers due to the formers’ lack of knowledge of two-word verbs. Research findings indicated that difficulty in the acquisition of two-word verbs lies in the polysemy and a large number of two-word verbs. The traditional classroom teaching method, which relies on memorizing the meanings of two-word verbs by rote, also brings challenges to Chinese students’ language learning. Furthermore, the frequent use of two-word verbs by native speakers of English in everyday scenarios leads to miscommunication issues with Chinese students who are unfamiliar with the meaning and context of two-word verbs. However, such miscommunication may bring various adverse effects to students, such as avoidance of two-word verbs, social isolation, and diminished self-confidence. Therefore, it is necessary to implement effective and contextualized methods to support Chinese international students in learning two-word verbs that are frequently used in daily life and study so as to enlarge their two-word verb reserve and reduce miscommunication.

This project created a free website for self-study of two-word verbs with rich resources to help Chinese international students learn two-word verbs independently. The website presents and delivers two-word verbs through the Three C’s Approach, enabling students to grasp the meaning and retain the memory of these words well. The highlight of the website is the customized and characteristic exercises for two-word verbs selected from the PHrasal VErb Pedagogical List. Moreover, the website provides online real-time feedback to help students self-check what they have learned, making their learning more efficient and targeted.

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