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An Empirical Study on Lexical Errors in English Writing of Chinese College Students and Countermeasures

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Nuo Chen

Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China.

*Corresponding author: Nuo Chen


Based on an empirical study on lexical errors in the English writing of 90 Chinese college students whose composition score ranges from 30 to 45 out of the full mark of 50, four types of 640 lexical errors are detected in this study which involve 60 (9.37%) collocation errors, 210 (32.81%) incorrect parts of speech, 150 (23.43%) wrong spellings and 220 (34.38%) unacceptable word choices. On the basis of those errors, this paper found that the causes include carelessness, poor memory of word spelling, memorizing words isolated from context and incorrect use of so-called high-level vocabularies. Accordingly, four countermeasures targeted at the lexical error are proposed including promoting writing through reading, lexical chunks teaching, emphasizing recitation, application of multimodal metaphor theory and Network technology, which can shed light on EFL teaching and learning.


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An Empirical Study on Lexical Errors in English Writing of Chinese College Students and Countermeasures

How to cite this paper: Nuo Chen. (2021). An Empirical Study on Lexical Errors in English Writing of Chinese College Students and Countermeasures. The Educational Review, USA5(7), 196-203.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/er.2021.07.002

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