School of Education
Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
ESL, linguistics, adjective ordering
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
McMahon, Sarah D., "Multiple Pre-Nominal Adjective Usages by Asian L2 Learners of English" (2008). Senior Honors Theses. 55.
This thesis focuses on adjective ordering in the English language, particularly in how it affects Asian ESL students’ grasp on English grammar. In order to complete the thesis, research was done comparing the aforementioned ESL students’ handling of pre-nominal adjective placement with that of generally accepted English adjective order. This was used for the following reasons: (i) to identify whether adjective placement is innate or learned; (ii) to discover common errors made by ESL students in adjective ordering; and (iii) to show that the findings may, upon extension, be used to implement ESL curriculum.