This study investigated grammatical errors in a corpus of 58 blog posts written by 58 participants through weblogs. It aimed to determine the views of students on the use of blogs in facilitating the acquisition of English writing skills, to identify, categorize, and analyze grammatical errors in students’ blog posts, and to explore students’ perceptions on the advantages of blogging as an alternative writing platform. The participants were freshman university students enrolled at a Study and Thinking Skills class at Lyceum of the Philippines University – Manila during the first semester of the academic year 2014-2015. Research data come from students’ blog posts, survey, and focus group interviews. Errors were first classified into seven major categories and then they were divided into subcategories. Results show that the most pervasive errors committed by the participants were tenses, subject-verb agreement, prepositions, morphology, articles, verbs, and pronouns. Pedagogical implications for teachers, syllabus designers, textbook writers, and text developers were offered on the basis of these results.
Romualdo Mabuan, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippines
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