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Abstract

Errors and mistakes in foreign language use are the reflection of learners' language
learning process. Learners can profit from their errors if appropriate feedback is
provided after errors or mistakes have been committed by learners. Even in modern
times errors have not been tolerated in language classrooms and seen as a
deficiency in language use. Within the light of this perspective the current research
aimed to analyze Turkish EFL learners' errors with error analysis approach. Error
Analysis approach has been utilized in present research and the results show that
Turkish EFL students committed mostly interlingual written errors in their persuasive
essays, in the spelling of certain English words, grammar and lexical errors including
collocational mistakes. Error categories in written form include prepositions, verbs,
articles, sentence structure, punctuation, gerunds, pluralism, possessives and word
choice. None of the parties involved in the process of learning language
(students,teachers,material writers and researchers) can deny the fact that learning
vocabulary is an important component of mastering a second language, but errors of
wrong word choice, of literal translation, errors of omission or incompletion,
misspelling, redundancy and word formation are the major issues that students are
facing.

Keywords: Turkish learners, error analysis, corrective feedback, syntactical errors,


lexical errors