Developmental Stages of L2 Syntactic Acquisition: An Empirical Study in Thai EFL Context (73333)

Session Information: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)
Session Chair: Ian Davison

Thursday, 23 November 2023 15:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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This study aimed at identifying in which developmental stages the majority of Thai EFL university students were currently operating. L2 syntactic acquisition was empirically observed based on framework of English question formation developmental stages to cope with EFL learning difficulties. In this qualitative study, a total number of 120 intermediate – high university students were purposively selected as research participants. A Standardized 300D Test of Nelson English Tests was adopted to measure student’s proficiency levels, and a picture-cued writing task was selected as research instrument to assess student’s ability in wh-question formation. The total number of 120 writing works completed by 120 non-English major students at Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus was analyzed using Interlanguage Analysis. Based on research hypothesis, the result pointed out falsification as 51 participants were currently operating at the developmental stage 2: Aux 2nd, Do 2nd (42.5%), at the significance level of 0.01. In addition, it could be concluded according to the results that prerequisite knowledge of previous developmental stages might not be fully acquired beforehand. Pedagogically, this study also suggested a classroom model to cope with EFL learning difficulties in particular to syntactic acquisition.

Phisutsiam Nguangkhamnam, iFuture Institution, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Phisutsiam Nguangkhamnam is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at iFuture Institution in Thailand

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