The Errors That Efl ( English As A Foreign Language ) Learners Make

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The goal of the following study will be to investigate the errors that EFL(English as a foreign language) learners make in English. The focus will be on the mistakes that the participants make in grammar, and the researcher will attempt to understand whether such errors are due to transfer from the participants’ L1 and/or if they are related to aspects such as gender, age, and profession. Gaining a greater level of understanding about this topic is valuable in the linguistics field because it could help instructors in language schools decide how to divide students into classrooms, not only on the basis of their English proficiency level but on other aspects that could influence and improve the classroom environment. Previous research has addressed language transfer from L1 to L2 in a wide variety of contexts and in students coming from diverse backgrounds; however, to the best of my knowledge, it mainly focused on language transfer and not on other cultural or individual factors. For example, Yamashita and Jiang (2010) studied the influence of Japanese as an L1 on L2 collocations, Lu and Ai (2015) researched the differences among the writing of college students’ coming from diverse backgrounds and L1s, and Qin and Uccelli (2016) analyzed the variations among two genres of writing in Chinese EFL students’ compositions. Moreover, Hamada and Koda (2011) have studied the influence of ESL learners’ backgrounds on their learning of English as L2, specifically focusing on English…

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