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Title: A Study on EFL Teachers’ Awareness and Tolerance of Thai Undergraduate Students’ Syntactic Writing Errors
Authors: Bosuwon, Takwa 
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Source: Takwa Bosuwon (2013) A Study on EFL Teachers’ Awareness and Tolerance of Thai Undergraduate Students’ Syntactic Writing Errors.
Abstract: This survey study investigated non-native EFL teachers’ awareness and tolerance of Thai undergraduates’ syntactic writing errors. The instrument for collecting data in the study was a twenty-page English-version questionnaire based on the written errors by the nineteen types of Thai students’ directly experienced by the researcher and revealed by other research. Excluding miscellaneous errors, the results show that 16 errors were moderately found (41-60%) and 2 errors were close to most frequently found (61-80%). They were article: and verb tense. Top-five frequently found errors included article, verb tense, run-on sentence, fragment, and subject-verb agreement respectively. Five errors with percentages of L1 interference close to 50% or higher were word order, fragment, run-on sentence, over-marking of conjunction, and singular or plural form. Among all given intralingual causes, incomplete application of rules and ignorance of rule restrictions received higher percentages than others. Regarding teachers’ tolerance of 18 errors, all except one error (preposition) were to be corrected immediately, or as soon as possible. There were no correlation between error frequency and error tolerance except from article (insertion) and subject-object pronoun. There were also no correlation between error type (global or local) and error tolerance except from verb tense (sequence) and modal verb.
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