Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (88 p.)
English language -- Study and teaching -- Arabic speakers, English language -- Errors of usage, English language -- Rhetoric, English language -- Ability testing
The purpose of this study is to determine the type, possible source and gravity of errors found in the Test of Written English and Placement Tests compositions written by native speakers of Arabic at college level. The first part of the study is an error analysis designed to reveal the types of errors that are most frequently made by Arab students at college level. The sources of these errors are explained according to Richards' classification of errors as inter- and intralingual (1971). Seven types of errors are identified under interlingual category: articles, prepositions, the copula, embedded questions, pronoun retention, semantic and stylistic errors. Intralingual errors included errors in overgeneralization and ignorance of rule restriction.
Bader, Fadel Mohammed Na'im, "Analysis of error type, source, and gravity in the writing of Arabic ESL students in U.S.A. colleges" (1988). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3753.