ABSTRACT:English writing, as one of the four basic skills of language teaching, has drawn more and more attention in language teaching. This paper makes a case study on 80 students in Grade nine from San He junior middle school in Luxi. Based on the Error Analysis, the writer analyzed their 80 English compositions, and found some common errors, such as vocabulary, the grammatical errors and syntactical errors. At the same time, with the help of Error Analysis theory, the causes of errors were found out, which are mother tongue negative transfer, different thinking modes and students’ poor knowledge base. Finally, the writer will provide some suggestions for the students’ English writing and the teaching of English writing. The suggestions for the students include the following aspects: enlarging the vocabulary, doing more exercises, having intensive reading and extensive reading. Besides, teachers should select proper approaches to teach writing, promote the students’ motivation, use the brainstorming and apply textual knowledge to the writing. They are good for both students and teachers. What’s more, they are helpful for the students to improve their English writing ability and avoid or at least minimize the errors in the English writing. The purpose of this research will improve the students’ English writing in Grade nine and make a good result in English examination.
Key words: Grade nine; English writing; Error Analysis Theory