Impact Of The Media On The Senior Secondary School Students Performance In Speech Work In English Language
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 4 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-4-April-2007
Most Nigerian students learn English Language as a second Language (L2).They have acquired their
mother tongues (L1) and are very proficient in them before entering the school. In most cases, many
secondary school students do not have the opportunity to use English language at home. For such
students, English Language learning and use is restricted to the classroom. Therefore, these students
use their mother tongue more in the school environment, at home and for interpersonal relationships.
These practices are negatively affecting the production of some sounds in English Language, which is
the language of education, government, commerce and international communication.
Oracy skill is one of the four basic language skills. Spoken English was in the past, relegated to the
background, but today the story has changed. In those days, students spent five years in the secondary
schools with little or no knowledge of oral English. According to Onuigbo (1990) what was actually
important to those students then was the ability to write correct English.