Year 2017, Volume 3 , Issue 2, Pages 93 - 110 2017-08-11

Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes

Ibrahim Abdulrahman Ahmed [1]


The purpose of this study is to investigate various types of spelling errors and the causes of spelling inaccuracy of first year Kurdish college students found in their compositions. Participants are 40 Kurdish learners of English at two different universities, Koya University and Saladin University, who were studying English language and literature. The present study first displays general background about English writing system and definitions of related terms followed by an overview of Kurdish writing system and its orthography. In addition, differences between both languages’ writing systems have been shown as is likely to be the cause of Kurdish learners’ spelling mistakes. Spelling mistakes made by Kurdish college students are then classified into eight main categories and analysed statistically. The eight categories of English spelling mistakes incorporate Insertion, omission, substitutions, transposition, grapheme substitution, space inaccuracy, capitalisation and others. Despite lack of sufficient phonological and morphological knowledge in English the dissimilarity between English and Kurdish writing systems tends to be the main cause of spelling errors by first year Kurdish college students. It is significant for both students and instructors to be aware of the causes and types of English spelling mistakes so as to try to minimise them. It can be thought that knowing these causes would probably help not only English language learners but also its instructors to solve erroneous spellings to a large extent.

Spelling mistakes, Kurdish EFL learners, Kurdish writing system, English writing system, orthography
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Journal Section Makaleler
Authors

Author: Ibrahim Abdulrahman Ahmed
Institution: Koya University
Country: Iraq


Dates

Publication Date : August 11, 2017

Bibtex @research article { ijoks334146, journal = {International Journal of Kurdish Studies}, issn = {2149-2751}, eissn = {2149-2751}, address = {}, publisher = {Hasan KARACAN}, year = {2017}, volume = {3}, pages = {93 - 110}, doi = {10.21600/ijoks.334146}, title = {Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes}, key = {cite}, author = {Ahmed, Ibrahim Abdulrahman} }
APA Ahmed, I . (2017). Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes. International Journal of Kurdish Studies , 3 (2) , 93-110 . DOI: 10.21600/ijoks.334146
MLA Ahmed, I . "Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 3 (2017 ): 93-110 <http://ijoks.com/en/issue/30875/334146>
Chicago Ahmed, I . "Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 3 (2017 ): 93-110
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ISNAD Ahmed, Ibrahim Abdulrahman . "Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 3 / 2 (August 2017): 93-110 . https://doi.org/10.21600/ijoks.334146
AMA Ahmed I . Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes. International Journal of Kurdish Studies. 2017; 3(2): 93-110.
Vancouver Ahmed I . Different types of spelling errors made by Kurdish EFL learners and their potential causes. International Journal of Kurdish Studies. 2017; 3(2): 110-93.