English Grammatical Errors of Students in the Universities and Schools in Yemen: An Analysis

Ebtissam Ezzy Alwan


It is a well-known fact that, English is a global language and assumes great importance all over the world. No doubt, one of the useful and important areas of teaching and learning the English language is Applied Linguistics. Hence, in this paper, I have made a humble attempt to analyze mistakes and errors in English grammatical system made by learners of the second language in general and particularly students in Yemen.
Keeping this in view, the number of universities and schools in Yemen introduced English in their syllabus as a compulsory subject and many teachers and students have been leaving no stone unturned to overcome various difficulties in Grammatical System to teach and learn correct English. Hence, the main focus of this paper to highlight the importance of analysis of mistakes and errors in English Grammatical System made by students in Yemen especially at I & IV levels. Moreover, concepts such as ‘Interlingual Errors’, ‘Intralingual Errors’, ‘Mother Tongue Interference’ etc have been discussed. The paper also makes a brief mention of some models to analyze errors and a few sources of errors that are common among linguists. A reference to the constructive analysis of the English Grammatical System and that of Arabic has been made while pointing out similarities and dissimilarities. Finally, this paper includes some findings, suggestions, conclusions, and pedagogical implications. 


The English grammatical system; Interlingual errors; Intralingual errors; Mother tongue interference; Mistakes and the constructive analysis

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