INTERFERENCE IN LEARNING ENGLISH: GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING AMONG RURAL MALAY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN MALAYSIA

Marlyna Maros, Tan Kim Hua, Khazriyati Salehuddin

Abstract


The purpose of this article is to present an analysis of interference effect, a factor that plays an
important role in inhibiting the acquisition of English among young Malay learners in
Malaysian schools. The data substantiating the discussion throughout this article came from
an empirical study of errors in essays written by Form One students in six schools in
Malaysia. The findings of the study show that despite having gone through six years of
learning English in school environment, the learners are still having difficulty in using correct
English grammar in their writings. The three most frequent errors are: 1) the use of articles, 2)
subject-verb agreement, and 3) copula ‘be’.


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