ERIC Number: ED323811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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"Contrastive Analysis" Versus "Error Analysis" with Reference to Verb Tenses in English and Greek.
This paper is based on research that aims to provide evidence of which approach, contrastive analysis (CA) or error analysis (EA), is more adequate in dealing with errors in tense formation and usage made by Greek learners of English. A contrastive analysis of the English and Greek tense systems, providing points of correspondence and divergence between them, is used as a basis for predicting difficulties that Greek learners will experience in mastering English tenses. The data obtained and analyzed for this study came from a diagnostic test designed to elicit a range of target structures administered to secondary school students who had had 4 years of English. The test was based on the predicted points of interference and facilitation and aimed at investigating whether the predictions made were valid. The results obtained reveal that both CA and EA have a vital role to play. A dual approach provides a better guide to language teaching and learning. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).