Question Structures from a Movie in L2 English Learners' Writing Based on Government & Binding Theory: A Case Study of Business English Students, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University

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Suwaree Yordchim

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The aims of this article are to explore the students’ ability on question writing through a movie in English learning and analyze those question structures. This is a qualitative research. A purposively sampling group is 108 students majoring in Business English, Suan Sunadha Rajabhat University. Data collection instruments are two parts of question-answer reported forms. The movie was divided into nine parts; the students were assigned to make three questions and answers after watching each part of the movie called “The Evil wears Prada”. It is an outside the classroom activity for 15 weeks in the second-year course- ENL2666 English for Secretary and Advertising I  course, 2nd semester of 2017 academic year. Part one and four were selected to be analyzed. Data were analyzed by frequency and percentage values. The similar students’ questions were not included in the data analysis. It can conclude that the students’ ability on question writing through a movie in learning English is as follow: the most frequency wh-questions that the students used are “what, who and why”. The most ungrammatical questions are “when, whom, affirmative questions’ while “yes-no questions, what, how and who” are the most correct ones. Considering the sentence structures; QUASM (QU= question word, A= auxiliary word, S=subject, and M=main verb), the most ungrammatical questions are A (auxiliary verb) and M (main verb). These show that the mother tongue interference was a main source of committing errors. It reflects that Thai interference may be one of the reasons for these types of errors.

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