TENSE ERRORS IN ENGLISH ESSAYS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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ABSTRACT

This Research Work focused on the tense errors in the English essays of Secondary Schools Students. The research was conducted on essays written by thirty (30) Students of the above school. The analysis of the essays revealed the deficiencies of some of the Students in using English tense. In the use of the present tense, for instance, Students had more difficulties in the use of present tense compare to the use of other tense. It has also been observed that students commit these errors as a result of their mother tongue interference. It was also found out that the errors were as a result of poor teaching methods, lack of adequate textbooks and qualified English teachers. To minimize these problems, we suggest that the government should provide adequate textbooks on English grammar and qualified English teachers. So that student in the lower classes should be exposed to the various situations in which tenses should be used.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CONTENTS                                                                                                     PAGE

Title Page        –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           i

Declaration      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           ii

Approval Page            –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –                       iii

Dedication      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           iv

Acknowledgement      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           v

Abstract          –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           vi

Table of Contents       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           vii

CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.0       Background of the Study       –           –           –           –           –           –           1

1.1       Statement of Problem –           –           –           –           –           –           –           1

1.2       Aim and Objectives    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           2

1.3       Significance of the Study       –           –           –           –           –           –           2

1.4       Scope and Delimitation          –           –           –           –           –           –           2

1.5       Justification of The Study      –           –           –           –           –           –           3

1.6       Methodology  –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           3

 

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW

2.0       Meaning of Tense       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           4

2.1       Types of English Tenses         –           –           –           –           –           –           5

2.2       Error Analysis –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           8

2.3       Types of Errors           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           10

 

 

CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY

3.0       Introduction    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           15

3.1       Sources of Data          –           –           –           –           –           –           –           15

3.2       Method of Data Presentation And Analysis –           –           –           –           15

 

CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS, AND INTERPRETATION

4.1       Introduction    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           17

4.2       Data Presentation        –           –           –           –           –           –           –           18

4.3       Data Analysis and Interpretation        –           –           –           –           –           26

 

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.0       Introduction    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           27

5.1       Summary         –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           27

5.2       Conclusion      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           28

5.3       Recommendations      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           29

Works Cited    –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           30

 

1.0       CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.1       Background of the Study

This research work deals with tense errors in English essays of Secondary School. The research is to find out the type of tense errors committed by the students who have sat for their J.S.S.C.E examination.

 

1.2       Statement of Problem

It has been discovered that second language learners of English face some difficulties while learning the language. This is because most second language learners find it difficult to speak or write good English.

 

With the above in mind, this research work focuses on Tense Errors in English Essays of Secondary Schools Students This is to find out the tense errors the students make, the causes and possible suggestion of how to reduce the problems.

The work addresses the following questions:

 

  1. What are the errors students made?
  2. What are the types of errors?
  3. What are the causes of the errors?
  4. What are the possible solutions to these errors?

 

1.3       Aim and Objectives

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