A Study of Taiwanese University Students’ Use of English Complementation: English vs. Non-english Majors

By Hsiao-hui Hsu.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The recognition and the use of English complementation is among the most frequent and problematic types of grammatical errors seen in EFL learners. The explanations for this ranged from the number of morphemes in complementation, the complexity of English complementation structures, to the frequency of occurrence of English complementation. This study aimed to investigate Taiwanese university learners’ use of English complementation. A total of one hundred and fifty-eight students participated in the study. The students were divided into two groups: English and non-English majors. Results of the study revealed that there was a positive relationship between the learners’ English proficiency and their competence in producing and using English complementation. In addition, the learners had the lowest scores in blank-filling task. Besides, the learners performed better both in monotransitive complementation and ditransitive complementation than in complex transitive complementation.

Keywords: English Complementation, Grammatical Competence, Negative Evidence, Structure Complexity, Attention

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.583-596. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.358MB).

Hsiao-hui Hsu

Lecturer, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan County, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

She is an associate professor at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. She holds her PhD in TESOL from Tamkang University, Taiwan. Her research interest is in the use of English verbals and lexical semantics of English verbs.


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