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Effect of Computer Spell-checking and Phonic Applications on the Phonographic Errors of Igbo Learners’ of English and French

A phonographic error is considered as a manifestation of a target learners’ phonological incompetence in the target language, which affects his spelling skill in the language. English is a second language as well as the first official whereas French is the second official language. English is a medium of instruction in almost all the courses in the study area. The external examiners’ remarks on the performance of the final year students in the languages departments of English, Linguistics, and Foreign languages and Literary Studies in the study area in the past few years have been majorly on spelling errors. It is the repeated remarks that motivated this research. This study therefore aims at investigating the undergraduates examination scripts of the departments of Linguistics and FLL to fish out the students’ scripts with spelling errors. A pilot investigation shows that many of the wrong spellings result from phonographic errors. It is the intention of the researchers to identify the students with the spelling errors. The words that bear such phonographic errors as found in the scripts will be used to form different sentences. The students will be divided into three groups: one control group and two experimental groups. The experimental groups will be treated with computer spell-checking and phonic applications respectively. After the process, a comparative study of the three groups will be carried out to know whether or not any of the method can be considered effective for alleviating phonographic errors. A phonographic error is considered as a manifestation of a target learners’ phonological incompetence in the target language, which affects his spelling skill in the language. English is a second language as well as the first official whereas French is the second official language. English is a medium of instruction in almost all the courses in the study area. The external examiners’ remarks on the performance of the final year students in the languages departments of English, Linguistics, and Foreign languages and Literary Studies in the study area in the past few years have been majorly on spelling errors. It is the repeated remarks that motivated this research. This study therefore aims at investigating the undergraduates examination scripts of the departments of Linguistics and FLL to fish out the students’ scripts with spelling errors. A pilot investigation shows that many of the wrong spellings result from phonographic errors. It is the intention of the researchers to identify the students with the spelling errors. The words that bear such phonographic errors as found in the scripts will be used to form different sentences. The students will be divided into three groups: one control group and two experimental groups. The experimental groups will be treated with computer spell-checking and phonic applications respectively. After the process, a comparative study of the three groups will be carried out to know whether or not any of the method can be considered effective for alleviating phonographic errors.

Author(s):

Evelyn Mbah    
Department of Linguistics, Igbo and Other Nigerian Languages
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Nigeria

Teaches phonetics and phonology for over fifteen years now. holds a PhDD in Linguistics.

Modesta Iloene    
University of Nigeria, nsukka
Nigeria

Holds a PhD in linguistics. Teaches morphology for over sixteen years now.

Ngozi Ogbodo    
Department of forgein languages and Literatures
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Nigeria

Teaches Oral French and Grammar.

 

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