Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 223

Full Length Research Paper

Assessing pre-engineering students’ writing errors at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Birhanu Simegn Chanie   
Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 March 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2013


Having a good command of the English language has become a priority for high achiever students in universities of science and technology where English is used as a medium of instruction. However, understanding the written texts of pre-engineering students tends to be a serious challenge for instructors and tutors as there are problems of language and conceptual clarity. Thus, this study analyzed the written errors of pre-engineering students made in writing an argumentative essay. Forty-five argumentative essays of forty-five students were analyzed and evaluated. The results indicated that the students largely made errors of spelling, word choice and sub/verb/agreement in their written essays. More grammar and lexical-based written exercises and a closer follow up of students’ writing exercises would be needed to enable pre-engineering students to develop their writing skills.


Key words: Error analysis, written proficiency and conceptual clarity.