Phonological and Morphological Transfer among Arab ESL Learners
Gamil Alamrani, Abdullah A. Zughaibi

The present study illustrates some of the phonological and morphological shifts that confuse the reading process of Arab ESL Learners. The study proves that this student group tends to transfer some of the Linguistic schemas they acquired during their acquisition of their first Language (Arabic Language) into the process of L2 learning, confusing their reading process in L2. The study also shows how Arab ESL learners’ knowledge of English phonology and morphology rules affects their reading process, and how their reading process improves or deteriorates based on their awareness of the distinctive nature of both languages. The study concludes with some pedagogical recommendation for teaching English vocabulary strategies and reading exercises for this student group.

Full Text: PDF      DOI: 10.15640/ijll.v3n1a13