Grammatical Error Analysis in Writing of ESL Diploma Students


  • Jothimalar Krishnasamy Inti International University Persiaran Perdana Putra Nilai 71800 Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Malaysia


contrastive analysis hypotheses (CAH), error analysis, intra-lingual transfer


This research was conducted to analyze the grammatical errors types in the use of simple past and past continuous tense. This research identified the grammatical errors committed by second language learners of English (ESL). It was conducted on 28 Diploma ESL students. For their grammatical errors to be identified, samples of their written work under the genre of narrative writing were collected. Subsequently, the errors were recorded and classified based on types and forms of errors such as the wrong or inappropriate uses of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives (Parts of Speech) and Tenses. In addition, this study provides useful information as well as the analysis and discussion on various errors which are commonly found in narrative writing. The results of this small scale study may be useful for extended research in the field of Error Analysis especially on ESL learners of the Foundation and Degree programmes in the university or as collaborative effort with other higher learning institutions.


Author Biography

Jothimalar Krishnasamy, Inti International University Persiaran Perdana Putra Nilai 71800 Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus Malaysia

Centre of Liberal Arts, Senior Lecturer


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How to Cite

Krishnasamy, J. (2015). Grammatical Error Analysis in Writing of ESL Diploma Students. Asian Journal of Education and E-Learning, 3(1). Retrieved from

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