Cohesive errors in writing among ESL pre-service teachers

S. L. Lisa Kwan, Melor Md Yunus

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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. The 200 word narrative essays were collected from 30 final-year Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students from UKM via email. The study found that the medium-level TESL students made the most errors in lexical cohesion, reference and conjunction. However, high-level students made more errors in lexical cohesion, ellipsis and reference. While the weakest categories of the high and medium-level TESL students were found to be different, this still indicates that the students 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)321-334
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Sciences (Pakistan)
Volume9
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

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

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

In: Social Sciences (Pakistan), Vol. 9, No. 5, 2014, p. 321-334.

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