130 ERRORS EXTRACTED FROM STUDENTS’ ENGLISH LANGUAGE ESSAYS (PART 1)

 130  ERRORS EXTRACTED FROM STUDENTS’ ESSAYS IN A NIGERIAN SCHOOL(PART 1)

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EXTRACTED CLASS BY CLASS FROM  A SCHOOL’S PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION SCRIPTS ON FORMAL LETTERS

JUNIOR SCHOOL

JSS 1   

NOT RECOGNIZING ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ADDRESS (6 errors)

WRONG/CORRECT

Mason CoLLage/Mason College,

23 road ‘S’ close (End)/23 Road,

Festac town/‘S’ Close (End),

LagOS State/Festac Town,

8th – 1 – 2008/Lagos

                        – / 8th January, 2008.

ERRORS  IN THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE  FEATURES  OF A FORMAL LETTER 

Heading  before salutation (WRONG/CORRECT)

How I spent my Holiday/Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,/How  I Spent My Holiday

Errors in closing  a formal letter (WRONG/CORRECT)

Your FATEFULLY/Yours faithfully,

Full names/Signature

Signature/Full names

ERROR  IN THE USE OF TENSE (1 error) (WRONG/CORRECT)

I eat food like rice/I ate food like rice

INDISCRIMINATE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS (4 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

HoLidAy/Holiday

cHoicest/Choicest

YouRs/Yours

WRONG SPELLINGS (14 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

Faster tonw/Festac Town

Collage/College

Directo/Director

Lest/Last

But/Bought

Hose/Horse

Writting/Writing               

Swiwm/Swim

Fatefully/Faithfully

Excusion or Escortion/Excursion

Dans/Dance

Yoors/Yours

USE OF  SMALL LETTERS  FOR  PERSONAL PRONOUN/PROPER NOUNS (5 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

i ate  rice/I ate rice.

The director/The Director

january/January

mohammed/Mohammed

tuesday/Tuesday

WRONG  SPLITTING (5 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

my   self/myself

en    joy/enjoy

our  selves/ourselves

sch   ool/school

watch    ed/watched

 INCOMPLETE SENTENCE/WRONG SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION (2 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

We are arrived at Kano Airport/We arrived at Kano Airport

My father called some people to come and sang some songs/My father called  some people to sing some songs .

 WRONG USE OF APOSTROPHE (2 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

Yours’ faithfully/ Yours faithfully

Your’s  faithfully/Yours faithfully

 TOTAL NUMBER OF ERRORS UNDER JSS1 = 44

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JSS 2/ 3

WRONG PLACEMENT OF PUNCTUATION MARKS (4 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

8TH, January, 2008                                                                       8th January, 2008.

Five ram’s                                                                                          Five rams

New year’s                                                                                         New Year

Your’s faithfully                                                                              Yours faithfully

USE OF COLLOQUIAL WORDS IN A FORMAL LETTER (3 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

Can’t                                                                                                     Cannot

Wouldn’t                                                                                             Would not

Didn’t                                                                                                    Did not

 WRONG USE OF VERB (TENSE) (3 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

I eat chicken                                                                                       I ate chicken

We get home around 7:00pm                                                     We got home around 7.00pm

We meet other friends there.                                                      We met other friends there

WRONG SPLITTING OF WORDS (4 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

My  Self                                                                                               Myself

Wh  en                                                                                                  When

Any  where                                                                                        Anywhere

Further  More                                                                                   Furthermore

 WRONG SPELLINGS (8 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

Enjoi                                                                                                       Enjoy

Excate                                                                                                    Exact

Vaccated                                                                                               Vacated

Stoped                                                                                                   Stopped

Dismiised                                                                                             dismissed

Yoors                                                                                                      Yours

Prepered                                                                                               Prepared

Even do                                                                                                  Even though

INDISCRIMINATE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS(UNDERLINED) (10 errors) 

MaSoN  CoLLege                                                                                                         

My aim of writing this Letter

In the Night before the New Year

I went to my Grandmother’s House

ON  NEW Year’s day

USE OF SMALL  LETTERS FOR PROPER  NOUNS(6 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

lagos                                                                                                         Lagos

december                                                                                               December

Monday                                                                                                   Monday

Dear sir                                                                                                   Dear Sir,

kingsley                                                                                                   Kingsley

friday                                                                                                        Friday

WRONG AMALGAMATION OF WORDS (2 errors)

It wasrecorded by our uncle                                                            It was recorded by our uncle

Wekilled five rams                                                                              We killed five rams

 WRONG PLACEMENT/USE  OF PERSONAL PRONOUNS (2 errors) (WRONG/CORRECT)

Me and my brother                                                                             My brother and I

We enjoyed ourself                                                                             We enjoyed ourselves

 TOTAL NUMBER OF ERRORS UNDER JSS2/3 = 42

 SUMMARY OBSERVATIONS FROM LISTED ERRORS (FORMAL LETTER-WRITING)

1.All errors were extracted by English Language teachers  who gave tutorials and revised with students for the exams. They were instructed to do so for purposes of planning remedial studies in English for the following academic session.

2.For this  the names of students who committed these errors were submitted under each category. The school had realized that  a WAEC result with less than a credit result in English meant the student might have to repeat the same exam at GCE level or through a repeater exam the following year.

3. The number of errors declined from 44 in JSS1 to 26 in SS2/SS3 combined giving a class average of 13.What this implies is that the school’s remedial programs over the years must have been working as outlined in one of our write-ups on what schools must do to assist students pass WAEC’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMINATION. It could also mean that the school waged an effective war again the use of pidgin English by its students

4.A closer look at the errors  also revealed the effect  of the internet and hand-held phones on  the senior classes of ss2/3 and their willingness to use abbreviations derived from these sources even in a promotional examination! This contrasted glaringly with the junior classes in which had not even one instance of such use. You are therefore left to wonder if certain students usually decide to tempt fate knowingly in examination halls.

5.If these statistics are to be of any use to tutors and students the following need to be extracted and used for preparing students

a. Which errors came up in all groups?  What needs  to be done?  Which  of the write-ups provided by LBC-EDUPEDIA would be most useful for solutions?.

b. Which errors seemed peculiar and which individuals in each class need particular attention on them? Can library-use re-orientation, novel summarization and writing out findings from a compiled research be useful? What about playing of word games or encouragement in reading newspapers and magazines which LBC-EDUPEDIA has suggested in many of its write-ups.?

Do we want to present chunky materials too often? Definitely not. So please permit us to stop here for now.

Thank you and good luck.

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