Analysis of French Grammatical Errors Using Surface Strategy Taxonomy: A Case Study of Thai University Students


This study was aimed to investigate the grammatical errors made by Thai university students and to explore the causes of grammatical errors in French writing. The participants in study were 16 third-year Thai students majoring in French of the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University. Purposive sampling was used to select the participants. The research instrument was the written final exam of an elective course for French major entitled French for Thai Art of Living and Culture of which five open-ended questions were comprised. After conducting the identification, the grammatical errors of the participants were analyzed and classified through the concept of surface strategy taxonomy and the linguistic categories of grammatical errors. The descriptive statistic including frequency and percentage as well as the content analysis were employed in this study. The research findings revealed three significant main points: 1) There were a total of 643 grammatical errors based on surface strategy taxonomy in which the frequency of misformation was the highest at 58.94%, followed by omission 32.19%, addition 7.93%, and the lowest percentage was shown in misordering 0.93%. 2) In terms of linguistic categories, the most apparent errors were found in noun forms 22.55%, subsidiary in verb forms 18.35% and articles 16.95%. The error in subjunctive mode was the least likely to be found only 0.62%. 3) The causes of grammatical errors were found to be interlingual interference, English interference, and intralingual interference.

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Kanjanaporn Piyathum, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Siriwut Chamtakong, Silpakorn University, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Piyathum K., & Chamtakong S. (2022) Analysis of French Grammatical Errors Using Surface Strategy Taxonomy: A Case Study of Thai University Students ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2021: Official Conference Proceedings
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