Year of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Mary Grimes

Second Advisor

Dr. Priscilla VanZandt


This study examined common difficulties in English composition among Asian college students, addressing causal factors from psychological, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. The following factors were investigated: affective filter, puberty period, interlanguage, language transfer, accessibility to a target language, morphological differences, syntactical differences, and cultural thought patterns. The results of analyses of errors in the students' compositions reflected two ESL instructors' observations that Asian college students, whose native languages differ from Indo-European languages, experience difficulty in writing in English. A consistent error frequency which appeared in English article usage prompted the researcher to formulate the rules for articles and to construct exercise problems in order to help Asian students to overcome their problems.

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