International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Lack of Academic Writing Skills in English Language at Higher Education Level in Pakistan: Causes, Effects and Remedies
Muhammad Sajid, Jawaid Ahmed Siddiqui

To produce a scholarly text in any discipline by EFL learners is one of the most difficult tasks as it requires comprehensive linguistic and communicative ability. The significance of academic vocabulary in L2 writing has widely been recognized in some of the studies with little research on it, however, this paper aims at (a) highlighting the importance of diction and expression in English language of EFL writers’ academic writing in an attempt to create awareness about English language richness in style for producing quality texts in various genres of social and medical sciences,(b) enhancing research writing competence in postgraduate studies through Error Analysis (EA), (c) spotlighting the significance of genre-based writing by assessing writing deficiencies of English as Foreign Language (EFL) novice writers, illustrating with examples for improvement in diction and expression by incorporating ‘Rewrites’ and,(d) briefly describing causes, effects and certain suggestions. Data collected through online includes 40 INTRODUCTIONS: 20 from Pakistan journals of medical sciences and 20 of social sciences for error analysis using Markin-4 method for lexico-grammatical EA.

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