Linguistics is the scientific study of human languages. It can be split into categories which include language form, language meaning and language in context. This proposal is about a research that intends to find out the major causes of mispronunciation of English words among the rural secondary school student with a major emphasis in the Magumoni division in Tharaka-Nithi County.
Since the colonial times in Kenya, English has been used both in offices and in schools as a national language. There have been minimal attempts to improve on quality though. Many students in the African schools do not pronounce words as they should according to the British English standards. The natives have minimal emphasis on the quality of their spoken English and those with good English pronunciation are looked at differently. They are taken to be alienated from their culture and in some instances people shy away from them. There is thus a need to address the issue. This is because English is a national language in Kenya and is mostly used in official matters. It is also used as the main teaching language. Those students who have problems with their English find it difficult to score good grades in exams and in their later years it becomes hard to get past the interview panel to get a job.
The issue of poor spoken English is not a new issue in Kenya. The most common is pronunciation errors. This is mostly rampant in the rural areas and in rural secondary schools. This issue plays down the level of educational achievement for the students. Most students are unable to comprehend what some of their teachers say in class. This frustrates their efforts of achievement further. As an educator in English I saw this is a problem in our education system and wish to demystify the main causes of this great error in spoken English.
The major questions guiding this research are highlighted as below....