IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(3): 154-158 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.3.167

A Case Study on Errors of EFL Learners

Ilknur Istifci
Abstract—Error making is a natural phenomenon in learning a language. Students’ errors are strong evidences of the different strategies they employ in the process of learning the target language and they play an important role in the study of second and foreign language acquisition. Researchers are interested in errors because they are believed to contain valuable information on the strategies that people use to acquire a language.
This study examines errors in a corpus of 54 paragraphs written by A1 level students studying English in the School of Foreign Languages, Anadolu University. The corpus was examined to identify errors in the production of verb groups and errors in the use of articles. Errors were classified into two categories as intra-lingual and developmental errors and some sub-categories emerged. It has been found that most errors in the use of verbs and articles stemmed from interference or negative transfer from their first language, overgeneralization, ignorance of rule restrictions and faulty comprehension of distinctions. Some suggestions have been made on how to correct errors.

Index Terms—EFL learning, errors, error analysis.

Ilknur Istifci is with the School of Foreign Languages, Anadolu University, 26555 Turkey (e-mail: iistifci@ anadolu.edu.tr).

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Cite:Ilknur Istifci, "A Case Study on Errors of EFL Learners ," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 154-158, 2018.

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