The purpose of the study was to investigate the English linguistic elements which cause errors in writing made by the first year undergraduates majoring in non-English academic disciplines pursuing their bachelor degree at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Phranakhon Rajabhat University. This study was conducted with fifty Thai EFL undergraduate students by administering quantitative method. An instrument for this study included a worksheet on which students were required to write a 100-120 word composition, entitled My Personal Background. The findings revealed that the Thai EFL students majoring in non-English discipline committed different kinds of grammatical errors in writing the target language, from morphological to sentential levels. Most errors were mainly resulted from the dearth of L2 linguistic knowledge and the difficulty of the L2 grammatical system. The results from the written English errors have implications for English grammar teaching and learning.
Mongkol Charoento, Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand
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