The Effect Of The Use Of L1 In A Multimedia Tutorial On Grammar Learning: An Error Analysis Of Taiwanese Beginning Efl Learners’ English Essays

| June 28, 2006
Title
The Effect Of The Use Of L1 In A Multimedia Tutorial On Grammar Learning: An Error Analysis Of Taiwanese Beginning Efl Learners’ English Essays

Keywords: L1, CAI, error analysis, EFL writing, beginning EFL grammar learning

Authors
Li-Ling Chen
Chung Hwa College of Medical Technology, Tainan, Taiwan
chenlilian_70@yahoo.com

Bio Data
Li-Ling Chen is an Associate Professor at Chung Hwa College of Medical Technology, Tainan, Taiwan. Her recent research focuses on errors made by Taiwanese beginning EFL learners as well as the effect of CAI on language learning.

Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine whether the CAI (computer assisted instruction) tutorial program had an impact on the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) grammar skills of the beginning EFL language learners. A quasi-experimental research design was conducted at a private college located in southern Taiwan. A post-writing assessment was administered for both the control group and the experimental group after the treatment. One hundred written essays were analyzed through error analysis and data were computed through a one-way ANOVA on overall error rates. The major finding on overall error rates demonstrates that there was no statistical difference between the control group and the experimental group.

Although the supplemental CAI program in this study did not produce a statistically significant effect on reducing beginning EFL learners’ overall written error rates, evidence provided by the written samples suggest that L1 played a role in the process of beginning EFL learners’ writing in English. Understanding linguistic differences between students’ L1 and English may help the learners reduce interference from their first language.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 8 Issue 2