Error Analysis of Chinese Students’ Writing and Speaking English: A Case Study of Chinese Students in Business English Program (English), Dhonburi Rajabhat University


  • patana Srisuruk Business English Program, Dhonburi Rajabhat University
  • Justin Arms Business English Program, Dhonburi Rajabhat University
  • Michael Forrest Business English Program, Dhonburi Rajabhat University
  • Tanner Perkins Business English Program, Dhonburi Rajabhat University


error analysis, grammar, pronunciation


The objectives of this study were 1) to study the common mistakes of Chinese students’ writing, 2) to study the problems in their speaking and pronunciation, and 3) to collect the problems in writing and speaking English to improve the learning of Chinese students. This study’s sample consisted of 16 Chinese first-year students of the Business English Program in the second semester of the academic year 2019. The data in the writing part were collected from students’ final examination papers and the speaking from the researchers’ observation and students’ presentation. The results showed that there were several areas of grammar that
need improvement including verb-tense errors (63% of the students), spelling errors (38% of the students), subject-verb agreement errors of the verb to be (25% of the students), and the misuse of the articles a, an, and the (19% of the students). The speaking results showed two main issues, including a lack of intonation or proper speed of speech (89% of the students) and using the incorrect pronunciation for words ending in consonants (43% of the students).


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