Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Kenneth Van Bik


This thesis introduces both positive and negative crosslinguistic influence of Chinese EFL learners on English Acquisition. Most Chinese EFL learners have difficulties in English acquisition due to the negative crosslinguistic influence caused by the differences between mother tongue and the target language. In order to help Chinese EFL learners to tackle this problem, comparative analysis is done between English and Mandarin Chinese in terms of phonetics and phonology, morphology, part syntax, and pragmatics.

The focus of this thesis is to investigate both the positive and negative crosslinguistic influence phenomena in the process of English acquisition conducted by Chinese EFL learners and the strategies of how to utilize the positive crosslinguistic influence and minimize the negative crosslinguistic influence on English learning. Both Chinese EFL teachers and learners will benefit from this thesis by acknowledging the crosslinguistic influence of their mother tongue on English acquisition and learning various English study methods.