Is Native Language a Source of Errors Made by Persian- and Turkish-Speaking Learners of English?

Reza Kafipour, Laleh Khojasteh


This study is going to investigate errors explored in English composition of Persian- and Turkish-speaking learners of English. Furthermore, it is going to identify if the source of errors can be traced back to the native language of the learners. To do so, 40 Persian learners of English and 40 Turkish learners of English participated in the study. Elicitation test was the instrument used in this study. The participants were asked to write composition on the pictures presented to them. Then, the errors were extracted according to surface strategy taxonomy. The analyzed data showed that Turkish participants made more errors than Persian participants but this finding was not found significant according to statistical procedure, Chi-square. Therefore, native language of the participants cannot be considered as the source of the errors they made.

Key words: Native language; Error; English-learning; Persian-speaking; Turkish-speaking


Native language; Error; English-learning; Persian-speaking; Turkish-speaking



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