The Effect of Using Pictures on EFL Learners' Retention of Body Idiomatic Expressions

Rezan saffarian, Bahman Gorjian, Khalil Bavizadeh ‎


Abstract-This study investigated the effect of visual images on English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ retention of body idiomatic expressions. Homogeneous participants (40 males and 40 females) were selected out of 120 at the pre-intermediate level. Then they were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The experimental groups received instruction regarding visualizing the situations in which body idioms were presented respectively, whereas the control groups were taught the same idioms but the instruction was in form of giving definition of each idiom. After an interval of ten days from the end of the treatment, the four groups took a similar post-test to see whether learners recall body idioms and also to find out whether idioms retention has taken place through visual images. T-test analysis showed that applying visual images had a significant effect on learners’ retention of body idiomatic expressions; and male and female experimental groups outperformed the control groups.


Pictures; learners' retention; body idiomatic Expressions

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