Exploring Lexical Bundles in Thai EFL Learners’ Writings

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Mathurin Leelasetakul

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This paper explores the use of lexical bundles by Thai learners of English in writing, using the data from the Thai and the native speaker sub- corpora in the ICNALE corpus. Lexical bundles that are found in the two sub-corpora are compared in terms of types, frequencies, structures, and functions. Analysis and comparisons are made both between the Thai and the native speaker groups and within the Thai group, comparing three different levels of proficiency. The analysis reveals that Thai learners and native speakers of English differ in their production of lexical bundle types and tokens. The same trend is also observed in lexical bundles used by Thai learners of different proficiency levels.

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Mathurin Leelasetakul

Mathurin Leelasetakul is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and English language learning and teaching in the context of Thailand.

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