The challenges of a second language are many: one of those challenges for Chinese students of English is asking WH questions. This paper will attempt to illuminate what makes WH-questions in English challenging for the Mandarin L1 speakers, and why. Negative transfer from Mandarin structure and its effect on word order are especially analyzed. The implications for ESL/EFL learners and possible teacher interventions will also be explored, including the sequence in which Wh-Question words are to be introduced to learners.
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Jiang, Xue; Koffi, Ettien; and Kuehn, Chad
"Teaching Chinese Students to Ask WH-Questions,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 8, Article 4.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol8/iss1/4