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ERIC Number: EJ1014786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Types of Errors in College Students' L2 Writing in EFL Environments
Jung, Mi-Young
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v17 n2 p123-140 2013
The purposes of this study are to examine what type of errors students make more between form-based and meaning-based errors, as well as to investigate in which error categories Korean learners frequently make errors and mistakes. In three studies, 264 essays from 42 subjects who were at a Korean university were collected. This study adopted error correction symbols by Harmer (2007) to analyze error categories simply and easily. The results indicated that form-based errors (91%) were generally reported much more than meaning-based errors (9%) by both the teacher's and students' review. In contrast, although students had different situations in three studies (e.g., a case study, two sample studies), the results were not much different: learners frequently made errors with "the article" and "grammar" categories. In English as foreign language (EFL) environments, interactions via peer-review feedback have been considered as profitable tools; however, teacher-review feedback is still required to facilitate students' second/foreign language (L2) development. These findings suggest that students will develop the quality as well as the accuracy of their writing when they recognize the most frequent error categories in their L2 writing. (Contains 4 figures, 11 tables, and 5 footnotes.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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