Grammatical Errors as Roadblock to Effective Written Communication among Selected Students of Institutions of Higher Learning in North-Western Nigeria

Authors

  • Martha Nguemo TERNA-ABAH

Keywords:

Grammar, Errors, Written Communication

Abstract

This paper looks at the effects of grammatical errors on the written communication of undergraduates of selected institutions of higher learning within the North Western part of Nigeria. The paper begins by looking at the essence of good communication among human beings and the role grammar plays in enhancing clear and effective communication. The paper goes further to discuss how the failure of language users to adhere to a language’s grammar could lead to a distortion in meaning and in some instances lead to a breakdown in communication. Thereafter, the study reviews the relevant literature bordering on written communication, grammar and errors. Subsequently, the method of data collection based on excerpts from two hundred and fifty randomly selected written examination scripts of the target population is examined. After the analysis of the errors so discovered, the findings show that these grammatical errors are based on the students’ wrong use of tenses, use of redundant adjectives, code mixing and wrong spellings. Consequently, these errors as it was discovered, led to ambiguity and in some instances, meaningless constructions leading to lack of comprehension hence communication breakdown.  The paper concludes by stressing the importance of grammar as the foundation for effective communication hence the need for teachers to pay close attention to it in the course of teaching and marking of students’ scripts. 

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Author Biography

Martha Nguemo TERNA-ABAH

(Lecturer I) Department of English Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Nile University of Nigeria, Plot 681 Cadastral Zone C-00 Research & Institution Area, Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria

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Published

22-12-2017

How to Cite

TERNA-ABAH, M. N. (2017). Grammatical Errors as Roadblock to Effective Written Communication among Selected Students of Institutions of Higher Learning in North-Western Nigeria. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 5(12), 14. Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/2588