Ajab Noor Sultani, Abdul Nafi Himat


In English language, spelling is one of the sub-skills and components of writing. In addition, writing is from the productive skills of English language that is very essential for EFL leaners. This study investigated the causes of spelling problems and its impacts on EFL students’ writing skill. Moreover, a quantitative approach used for this study, and the instrument was questionnaire. In this study, the target population was from two faculties of Kandahar University. The data collected from one hundred and eighty-five learners, and they elected through a random sampling method. Besides, the data analyzed by using IBM 22 version of SPSS, and the results reported in the tables. The findings of this current study revealed that English language has more sounds than letters, the spelling system of English is complex and has many rules, students’ carelessness when they write a paragraph or text are the causes of spelling errors. As well, the lack of suitable manual regarding the spelling of words, and the interference of students’ native language with English language were the major reasons of spelling problems for the learners. Furthermore, the study further asserted that spelling errors made the students to spend more than the necessary time when they write and poor structure of sentences were the factors, which had negative impacts on the writing skill of the learners.

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