Cohesive errors in writing among ESL pre-service teachers

Lisa Su Li Kwan, Melor Md Yunus

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Abstract

Writing is a complex skill and one of the most difficult to master. A teacher’s weak writing skills may negatively influence their students. Therefore, reinforcing teacher education by first determining pre-service teachers’ writing weaknesses is imperative. This mixed-methods error analysis study aims to examine the cohesive errors in the writing of English as a Second Language (ESL) pre-service teachers of differing language proficiency levels—Medium and High-level, as indicated by the band levels achieved in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET). 200-word narrative essays were collected from 30 final-year ESL pre-service teachers from UKM via email. The study found that the Medium-level pre-service teachers made the most errors in lexical cohesion, reference and conjunction cohesion categories. However, High-level pre-service teachers made more errors in lexical cohesion, ellipsis and reference. Collocation proved the most difficult form of cohesion for both groups of pre-service teachers, while High-level pre-service teachers made more errors in ellipsis than the Medium-level pre-service teachers. Nevertheless, this still indicates that the pre-service teachers’ overall mastery of cohesive writing is insufficient. Therefore, the teaching of these cohesive devices should be further fortified in the linguistic courses undertaken by ESL pre-service teachers to ensure that they are well-equipped in all aspects of cohesive writing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-150
Number of pages21
JournalEnglish Language Teaching
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2014

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Keywords

  • Cohesive errors
  • Error analysis
  • ESL
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Second language learning
  • Writing skills

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  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Cohesive errors in writing among ESL pre-service teachers. / Kwan, Lisa Su Li; Md Yunus, Melor.

In: English Language Teaching, Vol. 7, No. 11, 23.10.2014, p. 130-150.

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