Teaching English through Multimedia: ATEM Journal
Online ISSN : 2759-3339
Print ISSN : 2435-6611
A Study of Practical Usage of the Present Perfect of English: A Contribution Toward English Education From Media Corpus
Atsuko OTSUKIRyan SPRINGKeina HAMAGAMISachiko NAKAMURA
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2023 Volume 28 Pages 17-30

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This study examines the practical usage of the present perfect of English which is used in natural communication in order to promote the usage by EFL learners and contribute to practical English education. We collected and examined examples from movies, TV dramas, YouTube, and the movie/TV section of the COCA corpus. Based on these observations, we propose that current relevance takes a crucial role in natural occurrences of the present perfect, and suggest that many existing English teaching approaches for the present perfect lack a focus on the current relevance. As a result, they do not cover some of its more prevalent roles. Specifically, we note that in natural speech, it can be used as an emphasizer, and shows a preference for co-occurrence with particular adverbs, contexts, and sentence structures, however, current approaches generally do not cover these areas. Therefore, we believe that incorporating these findings into the instruction of the present perfect in EFL classrooms can contribute to the development of practical English education.

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