AN EVALUATION OF STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE IN ESSAY WRITING IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN SELECTED SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents
Background to the study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of the study
Scope of the study
Limitation of the study
The Research Instruments
Validity and Reliability
Data Collection Procedures
Results of Data Evaluation
Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation
The implication of the study
The importance of English language in the life of a developing nation like Nigeria cannot be over emphasized. More so Essay writing is very important in English language.
Before one can pass English to entice the markers. In order to justify the importance attached to English language by the Federal Government all hands need to be on deck and everybody has to contribute positively to achieve a better goal.
Teachers are believed to a force to be redconed within this task hence, the future of the success of English language depends on the efforts of the teachers. West African Examination council (W.A.E.C) in its regulation for prospective candidates for school certificate or General certificate of Education (G.C.E) makes English language compulsory and essay writing used to take the lion share of the total marks. It is in line with the above assertion on that this investigation attempts to find out the performance of students in Essay writing of English language. Most especially. It is based on the students in selected senior secondary school (two) in IKOLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EKITI STATE.
- Background to the Study
For any essay writing to be meaningful, it must be carefully planned and well written down. Students non – challeat attitude to work earns them failure in essay writing.
This also affect the students self concepts social relationship and his motivation since that students see themselves as a failure, in the sense that they could not express themselves in English language correctly either verbally or in written form.
The students do not have self confidence in themselves and therefore, they feel inferior to others in the society and this may have negative effects on them to the extent that they develop poor social relationship as a result of their poor self concept.
The students neglect the extensive reading aspect which affects them in writing good essay.
They should learn how to read journals, novels, magazines and other books and they should be participating in debate programmes properly arranged by schools or media houses. The students also neglect physical grooming of having a conversation with each other in English language and by not identifying this aspect can lead to performance of the students in Essay writing.
Performance of a student in essay writing has a major effect on parents in selected school in Ikole local government. This failure can also have effect on the family name. as a result of performance in essay writing which is the major aspect of English at the West African Examination Council level, student have forced.
- Statement of the Problem
One of the problems is lack of qualified teachers, which is a significant factor responsible for the performance of students in Essay writing. Another problem is lack of interest on the part of the students, they don’t create the idea of reading journal, magazine, novel and other books that can make them read fluently and write down a good essay.
Lack of interest on the part of the students is a significant factor responsible for their performance in Essay writing in English language. Lack of qualified English teachers is another factor responsible to the student performance and this have to be looked into.
- Basic Assumption
In this study the following assumption were made for easy collection of Data.
- It is assumed that teachers of the same qualification have the same knowledge and as such, their work will be the same.
- It is assume that environment, has no influence on the teaching and learning of English language.
- It is also assumed that the student responses are the same, likewise the teachers responses too themselves to join gangs and cliques thereby engaging in antisocial activities this thereby make life unsuitable for community member. Since English language is the key to all other subject the performance of students in Essay writing usually affect the result of these selected schools in Ikole local Government. It is pertinent therefore to say that the academic failure of student year in year out would have a great effect in the nations economy. This write – up is aimed at looking critically into the causes of performance of students in essay writing in the underlisted schools.
- Comprehensive high school Ijesa Isu Ekiti
- Egbe – Oba high school Ikole Ekiti
This work also aims at investigating the effects of and reasons for students performance in Essay writing in general to suggest possible solution.
- Purpose of the Study
The essence of this study is to investigate the factors responsible for performance of students in Essay writing using the selected schools in the Ikole local Government Area of Ekiti State. The study also investigates whether or not students often benefit more from lessons backed up with essay writing.
- Scope of the Study
The study is intended to cover six secondary schools in Ikole local Government Area and to deal with the crucial problems facing the students and experienced English language teacher. Lack of teaching aid, and bad method of teaching, it will also confine itself to the use of only English teachers and students in the schools and school certificate result. This is aid through investigation.
- Limitation of the Study
The researchers would have loved to cover all the secondary schools in Ikole local Government, because of the important contribution of this work could make to the teaching and learning of English language.
But this is not possible because of some of the following reason.
- The time factor was a major constraint since no time is set aside for the exercise the researcher has to use their teaching periods in school.
- The financial constraint was also on inherent limitation especially with current increase in transport fare.
- Finally, student scores or percentage pass at W.A.E.C Examination were taken as a measure of performance without properly dia grosing the circumstances surrounding the students scores.
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