The Effect of Kiswahili on Teaching of English Pronunciation at Primary Schools: The Case of Songea Municipality

Msabaha, Jumanne A. (2018) The Effect of Kiswahili on Teaching of English Pronunciation at Primary Schools: The Case of Songea Municipality. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

This study sought to examine the influence of Kiswahili segmental and supra-segmental features in the teaching of pronunciation in English language. The study addressed three key issues namely: how mastery of Kiswahili vowel sounds influence the teaching of pronunciation in English language; how mastery of Kiswahili consonant sounds influence the teaching of pronunciation in English language; how mastery of intonation and stress in Kiswahili affect the teaching of pronunciation in English language. The study employed case study design. Purposive and systematic random sampling was used to select participants. Questionnaire, interview, focus group discussion, and classroom observation were used in collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data were thematically analyzed while quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS. The findings of the study revealed that the teaching of pronunciation in English face difficulties because speakers export Kiswahili phonological structures into English through two phonological processes which are insertion and phoneme substitutions which occur as speakers seek to ease the pronunciation of English language by using Kiswahili language structures. The study concluded that, the variations of number and nature of phonemes, spelling, pronunciation systems, stress and intonation patterns between Kiswahili and English are the cause of difficulties in the teaching of English pronunciation to Kiswahili speakers. The study recommends on both teachers of English and their pupils to practice effectively for mastery of English pronunciation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 17:20
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 17:20
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2076

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