Error Analysis of Written English Paragraphs by Kurdish and Arab Student: A Comparative Study
Awat Brqi1 & Sami Hussein Hakeem Barzani2
1,2English Language Teaching Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
Correspondence: Awat Brqi, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq
Email: [email protected]
Published: February 22, 2023
Writing is a critical skill that is essential for academic and professional success. It allows individuals to effectively communicate their ideas, thoughts, and information. Good writing skills involve not just the ability to string words together, but also the ability to organize ideas, use correct grammar and punctuation, and convey meaning clearly and concisely. However, in the process of second/foreign language learning learners usually find writing skill the most challenging one. This study compares the errors in a corpus of 40 English paragraphs produced by Kurdish and Arab students. Error analysis is used as a method to identify and classify errors. The study aims to determine if there are any significant differences in the types and frequency of errors made by the two groups of the students. The study further aims to compare gender in the frequency of the committed errors. The findings of the study can be used to inform the development of language teaching materials and pedagogy for Kurdish and Arab students learning English. Additionally, it can provide insights into the linguistic challenges that these students face in learning the English language.
Keywords: Error Analysis, Written Error, Writing Skill