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Iraqi EFL Learners Performance of Homophones

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 اريج اسعد جعفر الطائي
7/9/2011 9:33:40 PM
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Iraqi EFL Learners Performance of Homophones
Areej Asa d Altaie
Abstract
This study deals with homophones which is one aspect of sense relations in semantics. The problem is that Iraqi EFL university students have difficulty in giving the right orthography of the homophone in addition to linking the spelling of the homophone to its meaning. This study aims at evaluating students achievement at the recognition and production levels and tries to clarify the problems and to put solutions for them. It is hypothesized that: (1) most Iraqi EFL university students have difficulty in distinguishing between the homophones, (2) their performance at the recognition level is better than that at the production one, and (3) they have difficulty in giving the right spelling of the homophone. A test has been submitted to fourth year students for the academic year (2007-2008), Department of English, College of Education, University of Babylon.

         In the light of students responses, it can be concluded that: (1) they do not have difficulty in recognizing homophones, (2) they have more difficulty at the production level than that at the recognition one, (3) they face real difficulty in giving the right spelling of the homophone, (4) students errors can be attributed to the following factors: (1) interlingual transfer, this type of error constitutes (8.25%), (2)intralingual transfer, this type of error constitutes (48.69%), (3) context of learning, this kind of error constitutes (18.59%), and (4) communication strategies, which constitutes (24.47%).

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