Accuracy Order of Selected Grammatical Morphemes in the Monitored Written Compositions of Filipino Adult Language Learners

| December 26, 2009
Title
Accuracy Order of Selected Grammatical Morphemes in the Monitored Written Compositions of Filipino Adult Language Learners

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Authors
Jessie S.Barrot
De La Salle University
jessibarrot@yahoo.com

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Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines. This paper was presented in the Asian EFL Journal International Conference on August of 2009 at the Diplomat Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.

Abstract
Studies about morpheme have excited researchers in discovering a “built-in syllabus”. Although accuracy order on the “unmonitored language use” has been established, some variations were obtained depending on the task where the data was elicited (Ellis, 1994). This article asserts that there might be an accuracy order for the “monitored language use”. Very few have tried to identify and establish an accuracy order for the “monitored language use” particularly of the adult Filipino language learners. Thus, an investigation such as this was conducted. Specifically, this paper presents the accuracy order of selected grammatical morphemes in the student’s narrative and expository essay and their implications for the language teaching.

Data elicitation was through text reconstruction. In this procedure, the participants watched a movie and were asked to retell the film producing a narrative essay and to write a film review producing an expository essay. These essay were then analyzed with focus on specific grammatical morphemes is 80 percent which was used on the definition that Brown (1973) used in L1 acquisition research (Ellis, 1994).

The results reveal that the accuracy order of selected morphemes in the monitored written compositions of Filipino adult language learners displayed variation from the established accuracy order in unmonitored language use (Villiers and de Villiers, 1973, Dulay and Burt, 1973/1974, and Bailey, Madden and Krashen, 1974). Further, this paper presents the pedagogical implications of the accuracy order for syllabus design and national curriculum development.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 11 Issue 5