Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Grammatical Difficulties in English in Swedish L1 Learners’ Texts: A study on common errors in a Swedish secondary school class
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the grammatical phenomena that create difficulties in the second language learning of English for Swedish L1 students. By analyzing written English texts produced by Swedish as L1 students, an attempt is made to identify which grammatical errors are the most commonly occurring when Swedish students produce English texts. An attempt is also made to provide explanations for why these grammatical errors occur. The purpose of this study is to get an understanding of which errors are frequent in an L2 classroom and what causes the grammatical errors by taking into account the students’ bilingual context and second language development. To answer the research questions, both qualitative and quantitative research methods are used. The material consists of 20 authentic texts produced by 9th grade students from a Swedish elementary school. The outcome shows that most of the grammatical errors produced by the students arise due to negative transfer (interference) from the students’ L1, Swedish. The analysis of the grammatical errors was carried out using a contrastive analysis where the grammatical structures of Swedish and English were compared. The errors that the contrastive analysis could not explain, were explained using the following concepts: overgeneralization, processability theory, and communication strategies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
Swedish, English, Second language, Secondary school, Grammatical errors, Contrastive analysis, Transfer, Processability theory, Interlanguage
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20443Local ID: EON200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20443DiVA, id: diva2:1781776
Subject / course
English
Educational program
Course
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2023-07-18 Created: 2023-07-11 Last updated: 2023-07-18Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

By organisation
Department of Social and Behavioural Studies
General Language Studies and Linguistics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 186 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf