The effects of Arabic on English writing of Petra University students

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In this talk, I will investigate the interference effects of Arabic (L1) on the English (L2) writing of Jordanian students. This talk is based on a sample of 25 essays of a given topic and the results of a placement test consisting of 100 multiple choice items. The errors will be classified, categorized and tabulated according to the levels of grammar. Based on a descriptive research, this talk will elaborate on the controversial issue of L1 interference. A contrastive analysis (CA) of the writing of Jordanian L2 writing is done to investigate whether L1 is the only source of grammatical errors or not.