ENGLISH SENTENCE PATTERN PROBLEMS AS REFLECTED IN MASTER‟S STUDENTS‟ THESES
Writing is an arduous effort, and writing in a foreign language is even more burdensome. Writing in the target language to some degree is influenced by the first language, both linguistically and in the way of thinking. Master‘s Students of English Education Program are supposed to write their theses in English. Their sentence patterns are influenced by their first language. They find it difficult to arrange some sentences in English due to their habit in their first language. There are various kinds of sentence pattern problems dealing with sentence building. This paper is going to explore the kinds of English sentence problems that Master‘s students encounter when they write their theses, and some ways of how to cope with the problems proposed by the supervisor. The subject is the students‘ drafts when writing their theses. The students were under the writer‘s supervision in writing their theses. Of course, there are some more linguistic problems related to thesis writing, but this paper will only focus on sentence patterns as shown in the students‘ thesis drafts. It is found out that students made some mistakes in their sentence patterns. Some ways out to solve the problems are rendered.