Negative transfer in second language writing among Malay university students / Fatin Nadirah Mohd Yusof

Fatin Nadirah , Mohd Yusof (2018) Negative transfer in second language writing among Malay university students / Fatin Nadirah Mohd Yusof. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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      Abstract

      Writing in any language presents a great challenge to most learners as it involves a complex cognitive activity and it is particularly harder if it involves bilingual or multilingual learners as it is said that the different languages have both positive and negative influence on the learners’ writing. The aim of this study is to investigate the phenomenon of negative transfer and the strategies employed in second language writing that cause negative transfer among Malay university students. The corpus of the study were 25 essays written by 25 participants. The participants are Malay university students with the same number of years of education through primary and secondary education in Malaysia. The instruments used for this study were participants’ written essays, questionnaire and oral interviews. All the errors in the essays were identified and classified into various categorizations. The results of the study showed that the types of Negative Transfer that occurred in the students’ essays are misinterpretation (MI), calques and substitutions from the Production Errors (PE) category. This study has shed light on the manner in which students experienced some interference from their first language and how it has posed problems when they are writing in their target language, which is English. However, the study is limited to only the aspect of writing. It is hoped that this study will offer new insights in improving the problematic writing aspects faced by the learners as well as developing and improving their overall writing performance.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) – Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya 2018.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Writing skills; Malay university students; Second language learners; Negative transfer; Interlingual errors
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 06:58
      Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 06:58
      URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/9670

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