Author(s)Owusu, Edward; Sunyani Polytechnic
Adade-Yeboah, Asuamah; Christian Service University College
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AbstractThe thesis statement is an essential component of the introductory section of every essay. In a classroom situation, most students see its construction as challenging; others on the other hand are completely oblivious of it and the vital role it plays in essay writing. The study therefore examines the essence of using a Thesis Statement in expository essays. The design of the study is largely influenced by the works of Langan (2001), Samuels (2004), Lane (2004) Tagg (2004) Johnson (2004) and Felts (2006). Literature was mainly reviewed on the definition of the thesis statement, mistakes on the construction of thesis statements and how to write captivating thesis statements. The participants who provided the primary data were drawn from students of two prominent private universities in Kumasi, Ghana (Christian Service and Ghana Baptist University Colleges). The study brought to light that the participants have challenges constructing theses in their essays. It is therefore recommended that the players in the field of Second Language teaching and learning &ndash; teachers, learners, textbook writers, and policy makers &ndash; should give maximum attention to this issue whenever the subject matter &ndash; essay writing &ndash; is being taught, learnt or mentioned.