Erroneous Analysis in English Writing Assessments among Undergraduates in a Public University
A number of studies on morphological error analysis has been carried out in different settings, contexts, and levels of study to observe, analyze and describe the errors related to English grammar rules. Using Surface Strategy Taxonomy by Dulay et al. (1982), this current study focused on the investigation of the types and factors of errors in English writing assessment specifically among undergraduates in a public university in Malaysia. This current study employed a qualitative research method by using case study. 30 samples of English writing assessment were analyzed based on the taxonomy and the framework of Sources of Errors by Richard (1974). The findings revealed In general, it was observed that the students made a total of 248 errors on 30 transcripts; 95 were omission errors, 91 were misformation errors, 54 were addition errors and only 8 were misordering errors. The results also highlighted that omission was recorded as the top error committed by learners followed by misformation, addition and the least common error reported to be misordering. As for the source of error, intralingual error marked as the most prevalent factor contributed to the errors. The findings of the study may provide some light in emphasizing the possible interventions to assist learners in their writing as well as developing remedial program to help learners to master English grammar.