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Abstract

Students frequently commit errors despite spending huge amount of time studying language. This paper discusses a classroom-based teaching inquiry about error analysis and correction. The study focused on the use of simple past in paragraphs. The objectives of the investigation were to understand the extent to which dealing with students’ errors in a leaner-centered classroom improves accuracy in English and to assess students’ attitudes to the approach in language learning. The inquiry involved 62 first-year students from the College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Rwanda. Individual and group work, a questionnaire and class observations were data collection tools. Findings revealed that the majority of students significantly improved their writing as a result of analyzing their errors in written work. In addition, students reported that correcting errors together gave them confidence and freedom to explore their language use more freely, to discuss their errors, to learn new words in their field of study, and to avoid repeating error while writing. Class observations showed that students were discussing and listening to each other’s opinions attentively and critically. The researchers concluded that students acquire more language accuracy when they are deeply involved in error analysis as they feel motivated and responsible for their own learning.

Keywords

Error analysis language accuracy learner-centered approach

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Innocent Hakizimana, University of Rwanda

Assistant Lecturer at the Centre for Language Enhancement of hte University of Rwanda, Rwanda

How to Cite
Manirakiza, E., & Hakizimana, I. (2020). Engaging Students in Error Analysis and Correction: A learner-Centered Approach to Improving Linguistic Accuracy. European Journal of Teaching and Education, 2(3), 35-49. https://doi.org/10.33422/ejte.v2i3.361