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Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level

Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah.

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The present study was conducted with the aim to investigate elementary studentsí writing problems and factors that hamper their English writing skills. It also illustrates some supportive suggestions on how to improve elementary studentsí English writing skills. Writing is regarded as one of the most prolific skills which sometimes seem very difficult for the learners to develop; it is considered an important skill for good language production. Writing well is professed as a significant art for studentsí successful academic achievement. Studentsí writing problems in English language have become a major issue for English teachers and learners. Writing in English is considered a very complex skill particularly in elementary classrooms where students encounter numerous challenges regarding this skill. In the study writing samples were randomly collected from 155 students of grade eight to find out the most recurrent writing problems in their English subjects. 32 English teachers were also interviewed in order to know their perceptions about studentsí writing difficulties and factors that hamper their English writing development. SPSS software was applied to compute and analyze the outcomes of the research. The results of the study indicate that the majority of the students at elementary level are unable to write grammatically precise English paragraphs. The findings of the study disclose that the main problems of studentsí English writing are due to poor command over English tenses, grammar, syntax and insufficient vocabulary. Lack of creative ideas, writing anxiety, weak structural organization and dependence on L1 are also the major cause of learnersí poor writing in English.

Key words: English writing skills, writing problems, elementary students


 
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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. EEO. 2021; 20(5): 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332


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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. http://ilkogretim-online.org//?mno=65152 [Access: April 09, 2021]. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332


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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. EEO. 2021; 20(5): 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. EEO. (2021), [cited April 09, 2021]; 20(5): 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



Harvard Style

Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah (2021) Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. EEO, 20 (5), 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. 2021. Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. Elementary Education Online, 20 (5), 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



Chicago Style

Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. "Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level." Elementary Education Online 20 (2021), 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah. "Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level." Elementary Education Online 20.5 (2021), 3079-3086. Print. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332



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Samina Sarwat, Naeem Ullah, Hafiz M. Shehzad Anjum, Tariq Mehmood Bhuttah (2021) Problems and Factors affecting students English writing skills at elementary level. Elementary Education Online, 20 (5), 3079-3086. doi:10.17051/ilkonline.2021.05.332








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