Error analysis of the written english essays of secondary school students in Malaysia

A case study

Saadiyah Darus, Kaladevi Subramaniam

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Abstract

This study examines errors in a corpus of 72 essays written by 72 participants. The participants are Form Four Malay students who are studying at a secondary school in Malaysia; 37 male and 35 female. They have experienced approximately the same number of years of education through primary and secondary education in Malaysia. All of the participants come from non-English speaking background and hardly communicate in English outside the school. The instrument used for this study was participants' written essays and Markin software. All of the errors in the essays were identified and classified into various categorizations. The results of the study show that six most common errors committed by the participants were singular/plural form, verb tense, word choice, preposition, subject-verb agreement and word order. These aspects of writing in English pose the most difficult problems to participants. This study has shed light on the manner in which students internalize the rules of the target language, which is English. Such an insight into language learning problems is useful to teachers because it provides information on common trouble-spots in language learning which can be used in the preparation of effective teaching materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-495
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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Keywords

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Error analysis of the written english essays of secondary school students in Malaysia : A case study. / Darus, Saadiyah; Subramaniam, Kaladevi.

In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 3, 05.2009, p. 483-495.

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