Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                            Pp.67-79

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Types and Sources of Moroccan EFL Students’ Errors in Writing: A Study of Error

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University
Fez, Morocco
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Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University
Fez, Morocco


Received:06/07/2022         Accepted:11/16/2022                 Published:12 /15 /2022


Language teachers and researchers argue that the process of learning a language is better understood if the errors that language learners make in constructing the new language system are carefully analyzed. Hence, analyzing errors has become essential for facing and overcoming problems and suggesting solutions regarding different aspects of language teaching and learning. Accordingly, this study seeks to examine the errors that Moroccan high school students of English make in writing, and investigate the reasons behind the occurrence of such errors. The sample of the study consists of students’ essays collected from different classes. The data collected were analyzed using Corder’s (1967) model, which includes three stages; data collection, description, and explanation. The study’s findings showed that Moroccan EFL students make different types of errors in writing. The most significant number of the errors found in the students’ essays are grammatical errors, and most of these errors are due to intralingual factors.
Keywords: Error analysis, intra-lingual errors, language learning, negative transfer, Moroccan EFL students 

Cite as:  AKNOUCH, L. &  BOUTHICHE, H.  (2022). Types and Sources of Moroccan EFL Students’ Errors in Writing:
A Study of Error Analysis.  Arab World English Journal, 13 (4)  67-79.


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Received: 06/07/2022
Accepted: 11/16/2022
Published: 12 /15 /2022  

Dr. Layla Aknouch got her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco, in 2022. Currently, she works as a secondary school EFL teacher in Fez, Morocco. Her fields of interest include applied linguistics, ELT, cultural studies,  and gender studies.

Hassane Bouthiche is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Dhar El Mahraz, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. He got his M.A. degree in Women’s Studies. Currently, he works as a secondary school EFL teacher in Fez, Morocco. His fields of interest are gender and politics, English language teaching, and media.