Grammatical errors in ESL writing

An error analysis

Yasmine Liong Pui Kwan Abdullah, Melor Md Yunus, Harwati Hashim

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Abstract

English is taught in Malaysia as the second language to a majority of Malaysians. Being ESL learners, it is not easy for most Malaysians to acquire the language. Therefore, teachers play an important part in helping ESL pupils to be competent in the language by determining the suitable materials and appropriate teaching methods. This can be done by obtaining information on the area of weaknesses that pupils are facing when learning the language with the help of error analysis. This study aims to identify the grammatical errors made by 77 Year 6 primary pupils from a suburban school based on a short guided essay they have written during their English class. The focus is on four word classes which have a higher frequency of errors. The findings showed that verbs are among the highest errors done by the pupils. This study suggested that a deep understanding of the problem areas of learning faced by pupils could be useful for teachers to plan an intervention to help their pupils improve in the learning of the language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-307
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Volume8
Issue number2 Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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Keywords

  • English as Second Language (ESL)
  • Error
  • Grammatical Errors
  • Writing Skills

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  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Grammatical errors in ESL writing : An error analysis. / Abdullah, Yasmine Liong Pui Kwan; Md Yunus, Melor; Hashim, Harwati.

In: International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 2 Special Issue, 01.07.2019, p. 302-307.

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Abdullah, Yasmine Liong Pui Kwan ; Md Yunus, Melor ; Hashim, Harwati. / Grammatical errors in ESL writing : An error analysis. In: International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering. 2019 ; Vol. 8, No. 2 Special Issue. pp. 302-307.
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