FIRST LANGUAGE INTERFERENCE IN THE USE OF ENGLISH QUESTION TAGS AMONG NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION HAUSA STUDENTS IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ZARIA.

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FIRST LANGUAGE INTERFERENCE IN THE USE OF ENGLISH QUESTION TAGS AMONG NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION HAUSA STUDENTS IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ZARIA.

Abstract:

This study is on the First Language Interference in the use of English Question Tags among Nigeria Certificate in Education Hausa Students in Federal College of Education, Zaria. It aims at examining the problems in the use of the English question tags as employed by the Hausa learners of English as a second language, that is, the target population caused by the first language in the formation processes and use of the English question tags by looking at the form, structure and meaning of each. Illustrations of some of the problems identified are, overgeneralization, generalization, learners‟ induced rules, interference of the learner‟s mother language, learner‟s age, learner‟s psychological attitude and the insufficient language knowledge of English question tags. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. Qualitative method of data collection and analysis were used. The tools for the collection of the data that were used in the study include test frame and assignment which the target population (sampled Hausa NCE 1-3) did (answered the questions on both the test and the assignment). The study reveals that the Hausa learners of English as a second language have a peculiar problem of overgeneralization, inducing their rules in forming and using English question tags. It also reveals that the greater the difference between the two languages the more negative the effects of the interference are likely to be. The study reveals that the usage of the English question tags is generally affected by the age of the Hausa learners of English as a second language and females often than not use English question tags more than their male counterparts. It further reveals that the youths majorly employ the use of the invariant question tags because it is fashionable coupled with its being handy to use than the canonical type. Finally, it shows that the usage of English question tags is influenced by the first language of the learners of English as the second language and recommends methods that could be put in place to ameliorate incessant cases of errors in using the question tags by the target population.

FIRST LANGUAGE INTERFERENCE IN THE USE OF ENGLISH QUESTION TAGS AMONG NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION HAUSA STUDENTS IN FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ZARIA.

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