Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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English language -- Gerund -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Foreign speakers, English language -- Infinitive -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Foreign speakers
A group of 101 ESL learners ranging in the mid to upper intermediate level was randomly distributed among two groups--experimental and control. They were given three tests prior to the experiment and three tests after treatment. Both groups were given the same contextualized materials. However, the experimental group was taught gerunds and infinitives using the Bolinger principle whereas the control group was taught gerunds and infinitives by list memorization.
Two hypotheses were posed:
1. Teaching ESL learners gerunds and infinitives using the Bolinger principle will result in significant improvement in discrete point tests.
2. Teaching ESL learners gerunds and infinitives using the Bolinger principle will result in significant improvement in the use of gerunds and infinitives in writing.
Vawser, Juliet Rosemarie, "An experiment testing the Bolinger principle to teach gerunds and infinitives" (1988). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3853.