Omani EFL Written Errors at a College Level
This chapter reports the findings from an exploratory study on Omani EFL errors at college level. It investigated the types, categorisation and sources of written errors that Omani EFL students (in foundation and first year at college level) commit by collecting students’ written samples. Findings showed that while foundation-year students committed more errors in lexical items, spelling and the majority of grammatical sub-categories, first-year students seemed to commit more errors in syntax and organisation due to the length of the texts they were required to write. Research findings should be disseminated to teachers to understand students’ learning progress and help teachers plan teaching activities. For future research, instead of collecting written samples from different groups of students, tracing errors committed by a panel group over a period of time would provide more valid and reliable data.
KeywordsWritten errors Categories Types Sources of errors College students Oman
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