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Title:The perceptions of first-year undergraduate Malawian students of the essay writing process
Authors:Kalikokha, ChimwemweISNI
Strauss, Pat
Smedley, Frank
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:Malawi
higher education
English language
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620902857277
Abstract:A good command of written English is essential for tertiary students in Malawi. Notably, their academic success is largely dependent on their mastery of the written language but, in addition, recent years have seen more employers in Malawi emphasizing the need for excellent communication skills in both the national language (Chichewa) and English. This article analyses Malawian first-year undergraduate perceptions of the essay writing process. A study in which 200 students from the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences were surveyed was carried out at the University of Malawi's Chancellor College in 2006. The results indicate that students find it very challenging to obtain sufficient and relevant source text information, paraphrase or summarize information, and use an appropriate academic writing style. It appears that essay writing is challenging for first-year undergraduates, partly due to lack of thorough and timely training in essay writing. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]