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Error analysis in academic writing: a case of international postgraduate students in Malaysia

Amiri, Fatemeh and Puteh, Marlia (2017) Error analysis in academic writing: a case of international postgraduate students in Malaysia. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 8 (4). pp. 141-145. ISSN 2203-4714


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.8n.4p.141


This paper examines the different types of writing errors performed by 16 international postgraduate students undertaking an intensive English course at a public university in Malaysia. It was mandatory for international postgraduate students who obtained less than IELTS Band 6 to undertake an Intensive English Course (IEC) offered by the University, prior to entering their respective faculties’ academic programs. The students were required to write a 3-5 page term paper assignment on a topic related to their field of study. Mixed methodology approach was employed to examine and analyze corpus of students’ term papers. The errors in the term papers were identified and classified accordingly. The results of the study revealed that four most common English language errors committed by the participants were sentence structure, articles, punctuation and capitalization. This study also shed light on the manner in which students assumed the rules of English to that of their native language. Such insight is useful for both instructors and students because it provides significant information on the building blocks experienced by English language learners in academic writing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Error Analysis, Academic Writing, Postgraduate Students, English Language Learners
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Language Academy
ID Code:80774
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:27 Jun 2019 06:23
Last Modified:27 Jun 2019 06:23

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