Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2018)
Problems posed by phrasal verbs to undergraduate students
Author(s): Eiman Hassan Abdulla, Luhaib Hamid Khalaf
Abstract: This study seeks to explore the use of phrasal verbs by undergraduate students learning English as a foreign language upon using phrasal verbs in writing. Analytical descriptive method has been adopted in analyzing and collecting data through two instruments, diagnostic test for BA university students who are studying English as a foreign language, and a questionnaire for a group of EFL university teachers, the test and the questionnaire, together, have been analyzed through statistical package of social science (SPSS). The main findings of this study are: Undergraduates encounter difficulties when they use phrasal verbs in their writing. Undergraduates lack of knowledge about the functions of the phrasal verbs, negatively affects their writing. Misusing phrasal verbs results in low level of quality of writing. In the light of the results of this study, the researcher has recommended that: university syllabus designers should include phrasal verbs in university courses. Undergraduates should be encouraged to pay attention to the use of phrasal verbs.