Factors in Students’ Errors in English Writing Proficiency At the University of Namibia Khomasdal Campus

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Penehafo Henok
https://orcid.org/0009-0006-2943-1519
Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6810-491X

Abstract

English is the sole medium of instruction in Namibian higher education institutions. The fact that more than 90% of Namibian students do not speak English as their home language has often been indicated as the cause of students’ poor performance in English. This study investigates the English proficiency of first-year education students at the University of Namibia's Khomasdal Campus with a focus on students’ written works. This study aims to identify and explain the factors that cause students’ poor writing proficiency in English. Based on qualitative research perspectives, the results show that Namibian students face a range of challenges regarding written communication.

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Henok, P., & Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, H. S. (2024). Factors in Students’ Errors in English Writing Proficiency: At the University of Namibia Khomasdal Campus. NAWA Journal of Language and Communication, 17(1), 36–45. https://doi.org/10.59677/njlc.v17i1.50
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Penehafo Henok, University of Namibia

Penehafo Henok is a lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM) at the Khomasdal Campus. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Education majoring in English and Oshindonga and a Master of Education (Literacy and Learning) both at UNAM. Penehafo completed a PhD in Language Education at the University of the Western Cape. She is a reviewer for the Journal of the University of Namibia Language Centre (JULACE). Her research interests are the use of language, learning and teaching, and research.

Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza, University of the Western Cape

Hugues Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza is affiliated with the University of the Western Cape as a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). He holds a PhD in phonetics from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and a master’s degree in Language Sciences from Omar Bongo University (Gabon). He has been an elected Board member of the African Association for Lexicography (AFRILEX) since 2011, and a rotating Editor of Lexikos since 2016. He is currently working on resuscitating Tinabantu: Journal of Advanced Studies of African Society. His research interests include among others, African language phonetics and phonology, African language intellectualisation, and language dynamics in African educational institutions.

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