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Investigation of Register Errors in Iraqi EFL Students' Writings

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DOI: 10.22606/als.2020.21002

Author(s)
Lina Lafta Jassim
Affiliation(s)
English Department, College of Art, University of Thi-Qar, Nasiriyah, Iraq
Abstract
EFL students' writings indicate that stylistic problems are the area of difficulty. In this way, this study is designed to explore register errors in EFL students' writings. The subjects of this study are 40 third-year English Iraqi students at Thi-Qar university. Thus this research aims to indicate stylistic difficulties which Iraqi EFL students face in their English writing, explain the main reasons lead the students to fall in register errors. The study hypothesizes that incompetence in using and writing English appropriately is potentially the major possible source of the registry errors. The second hypothesis is that most Iraqi English students are unable to distinguish between oral and written style. The results of the study indicated most Iraqi EFL students’ written performance was similar to their spoken language. They wrote in the same way they spoke.
Keywords
Register errors, EFL students, writings, errors analysis.
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