Turkish EFL Students’ Failure of the Use of Interjections Properly: The Example of Kafkas Univeristy

ELKILIÇ, Gencer and GENÇ, Bilal (2010) Turkish EFL Students’ Failure of the Use of Interjections Properly: The Example of Kafkas Univeristy. In: 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Development, June 8-9 2010, Sarajevo.


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Interjections in English are very complex and confusing elements of the language for EFL learners. However, EFL learners have to know enough number of them in order to carry out daily conversations English with native speakers as well as nonnative speakers properly. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine the awareness of Turkish EFL learners of the use of interjections. To this end, 42 intermediate-level EFL students (10 males and 32 females) and 40 advanced students (9 males and 31 females) , attending to classes regularly at Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey, were the subjects of the study. The participants were given 36 types of interjections wanted to identify which interjections they knew. The responses of the subjects were assessed using SPSS 17 for windows. Descriptive statistics and Independent t-test were used for the assessment of the results. According to the result of the study, interjection “good ” was known by 75(97,5%) participants, “hello” by 75 (92,7%), and “goodbye” was known by 69 (91,5%) participants. On the other hand, the least known interjections were As for the lowest frequencies, they are “pshaw” 03 (3,6%), “alas” 3(3,6%) ,and “bah” 04 (4,8%). The results showed that there was no significant difference between male and female students as well as between intermediate an advanced students in knowing interjections. (p>0,05).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interjections, Kafkas University, EFL, conversations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Ibrahim Kinal
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 12:45
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 15:15
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/356

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