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    Examiner Report:: English (Précis & Composition)

    Examiner Report:: English (Précis & Composition)

    The majority candidates appeared unable to tackle the questions in a befitting manner.

    Most of the candidates failed to write précis in the third person and past tense.

    They lacked vocabulary along with an objective approach and produced précis in paragraphs’ form by writing it in direct speech violating the norms of précis writing.

    Majority candidates did not possess strong command over syntax, phraseology and etymology of words to effectively translate the given Urdu paragraph into true meaning.

    The candidates were also engaged to solve some grammar related intricacies but majority:
    a) Showed weak knowledge and application of writing conventions such as capitalization and punctuation;
    b) Demonstrated frequent spelling mistakes;
    c) Produced writing that has not been a joy to read;
    d) Lacked language arts skills especially in the areas of conveying their thoughts and ideas clearly;
    e) Wrote sentences that conveyed incomplete thoughts; and
    f) Reflected a weak grasp of organization in their writing.

    Some possible causes for the errors/mistakes experienced while marking the scripts:

    1. The candidates were not ready to produce the linguistic construction at their level.
    2. The language required from them might have been beyond their expectation.
    3. Over-generalization.
    4. Bad models.
    5. First language interference.

    Hence, it is imperative to communicate institutions of higher education to take required academic measures to enhance English language proficiency of the graduates.

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    I believe Since syllabus changed,things became very difficult.



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