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ERIC Number: EJ806081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
To Be or Not to Be--The Variable Use of the Verb "Be" in the Interlanguage of Hong Kong Chinese Children
Lee, Nancy; Huang, Yue Yuan
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v35 n2 p211-228 2004
The English verb "be" has always been a perceived problem for Chinese ESL learners, however, few studies have been conducted with a specific focus on the interlanguage "be" of Chinese ESL learners. This paper examines the variable use of the English verb "be" of 270 Hong Kong primary school children for developmental patterns of English language acquisition versus L1 transfer phenomena. Although there are traces of transfer, the results do not suggest a strong role for L1 transfer in the use of English "be" but tend towards developmental aspects of omission and overgeneralisation, nonetheless a basic indication of L2 systematicity with accountable variations. A subsequent examination into the children's school textbooks reveal other significant affective variables such as input and classroom conditions for learning, which appear to interact with other learning factors to increase the variability of Chinese learners' interlanguage "be." (Contains 2 notes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong