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ERIC Number: ED526422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
The Effectiveness of Chinese NNESTs in Teaching English Syntax
Chou, Chun-Hui; Bartz, Kevin
California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
This paper evaluates the effect of Chinese non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) on Chinese ESL students' struggles with English syntax. The paper first classifies Chinese learners' syntactic errors into 10 common types. It demonstrates how each type of error results from an internal attempt to translate a common Chinese construction into English. Using a corpus of Chinese-speaking English learners' essays, it first measures the frequency of these errors to establish their relative ordering. By dividing errors into two types--those caused by Chinese-based L1 interference and those not--it finds that roughly half of Chinese-speaking learners' errors result from L1 interference. In light of this, it concludes that Chinese-speaking NNESTs should play an important role in helping Chinese L1 students grasp English syntax. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)
Identifiers - Location: California; Taiwan