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Negative Transfer of Chinese to College Students‟ English Writing

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Author(s): Zhiliang Liu

Journal: Journal of Language Teaching and Research
ISSN 1798-4769

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 1061;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: mother tongue transfer | negative transfer | Chinese | college students’ English writing

ABSTRACT
In China, in the process of college students’ foreign language learning, English writing is the reflection of their integrating skills and it is also the process of rewriting based on gaining English knowledge. Meanwhile, Chinese college students’ English writing is a cross-language and cross-cultural communicative behavior, and also a behavior of the transformation of thinking and cultural model. However, in the process of English writing, the negative transfer of Chinese influences students’ writing. Here, according to the research to the students’ writing and the relative questionnaire survey in Beihai College of Beihang University, this paper is a systematic and objective analysis on the negative transfer of Chinese to college students’ English writing at the levels of lexis, sentence structure and discourse.
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