Acquisition of English Language Skills by Arab Learners an Analysis of the Problems Faced
Mary Sooria1, Vijaya Lakshmi PP2

1Mary Sooria, M Phil Student, Department of English and Languages, Amrita Vidya Vishwapeetham Kochi Campus, India.

2Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi PP, Professor, Department of English and Languages, Amrita Vidya Vishwapeetham Kochi Campus, India.

Manuscript received on 15 May 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 22 May 2019 | Manuscript Published on 08 June 2019 | PP: 122-128 | Volume-8 Issue-7C May 2019 | Retrieval Number: G10220587C19/19©BEIESP

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Abstract: The paper probes the difficulties faced by Arab learners, especially from countries like Saudi Arabia, in mastering the four skills of English language namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing (LSRW). The four skills are used during first language acquisition in the order of listening, and thencome speaking and later on reading and writing and these skills are required in using and comprehending any language. In this contribution a comparison has been made between the structures of both Arabic and English language, to analyse the interference of L1 on L2. Once the first language is acquired the brain is almost wired to a set of linguistic features. Such patterns interfere with the new linguistic structure of the second language. Some interference would be positive and would go unnoticed but some are negative bringing in a lot of difficulty during the new language acquisition process.

Keywords: Comparison, Language Structure, Arab Learners of English, English Language Skills, Interference of L1.
Scope of the Article: Natural Language Processing