Socio-Pyschological Factors Influencing Learning Of English Language Among Students In Day Secondary Schools In Muhoroni Sub-County, Kisumu County
Current society seems to be undergoing changes at a very fast rate. With the introduction of modern technology, man has been found in a wanting situation, especially in terms of language. In order to gain the competitive advantage, one would need proven competence and ability to effectively communicate not only in the language of instruction in schools but also in extra language. The need to learn, or acquire extra languages come with problems that affect learning. This study was based on English grammar as part of English language in Kenya and the difficulties associated with pronunciation of some sounds was based on Luo students in Muhoroni sub-county, Kisumu County. The main goal of this research was to look into socio-psychological factors associated with learning of English grammar with regard to pronunciation, especially among Luo. It looked at attitude as a factor that contributes to this problem. Failure to encounter these sounds at an early age would be an impediment towards achieving competence. After an analysis of English grammar learning difficulties, this research would like to come up with possible solutions through which such difficulties can be eliminated for effective learning through enhancing acquisition of marked competence in speech production. Research methods that were used to collect data were questionnaires, interviews and observation. The questionnaire and interview questions entailed both open and closed questions. These easily reached the identified population samples from which responses given were analyzed. Interviews were also held in order to receive first hand and direct responses to the interviewees. This was in order to receive clarification concerning issues, which have been raised. Sampling method employed is systematic random sampling of Muhoroni sub-county secondary schools on which the research was based. The major problems cited included negative attitude and ill motivation towards learning of English, poor pronunciation of some sounds and failure to have been introduced to the language at an early age. Conversely with appropriate teaching methods, exposure to such facilities as audio-visual materials and pronunciation tests and a general positive attitude towards learning of English would help eliminate learner’s difficulties.