Spelling Errors of Omani EFL Students

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the types of spelling errors students of grade
ten make and to find out whether there were any significant differences between males and females with respect to the types of spelling errors made. The sample of the study included 90
grade ten students from four different schools in North Batinah. The researchers manipulated
the use of a test that consisted of two questions: an oral dictation test of 70 words with a contextualizing sentence and a free writing task. The misspellings were classified into nine different
types. The findings revealed that the most common spelling errors among Omani grade ten students were vowel substitution, then came vowel omission in the second place and consonant
substitution in the third place. Male students omitted more vowels than female students while
females made more true word errors than their male counterparts. In light of the findings, the
study presents some recommendations and suggestions for further studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Educational and Psychological Studies (JEPS)
Volume9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Spelling errors, errors, ESL/EFL, error analysis.

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