INTERFERENCE IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING: THE EXAMPLE OF NIGERIAN GERMAN LEARNERS

Author: Obodoeze Nkechi Juliette &  Ugagu-Dominic Nneka Rachael

Published: March 2018

Abstract

Language is a means of communication. Language learning opens the door for interaction between people and nations. The learning of a foreign language is faced with many errors especially for a learner of a new language. A learner of a new language consciously or unconsciously transfers structural patterns of an already acquired language(s) into the new language. These structural patterns from other languages may constitute errors in the new language and may be unacceptable. This type of error is termed linguistic interference. Language Interferences can either be positive or negative and can be from a mother tongue, a second language or another foreign language. This paper will discuss the interference errors made by Nigerian German learners in acquiring the German language.