Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2008


School of Education


Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification

Primary Subject Area

Language, Linguistics


ESL, linguistics, adjective ordering


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education


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.