A STUDY OF SOME FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPELLING MISTAKES AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Spelling is a very complex skill; it is more complex especially in languages like English and French where their autography is different from the way words are spelt. Beginners (children) in the learning task suffer seriously from learning disabilities. This researcher therefore aims at finding some factors that are responsible for spelling mistakes in some selected secondary schools in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area in Benin City.
1.2 PURPOSE OF STUDY
The communication of human society is both oral and written ones. These days many people are very conscious of their spoken English as well as the written ones especially in some parts of the world where English language is used as their means of communication. With the use of some modern media like telephone, tapes, phonograms (record player) and films for the transition of information, there is a great improvement in oral communication. This modern trend which can withstand the written forms plays an important role in social life today. Some of the good examples of these transitions of information are everyday news/network in the radio and television, the minutes of world conference, government announcement in the radio and television and examination answers depend greatly on oral and written communication. It is very important that words used for communication be correctly spelt, because correct spelling motivates the readers, and poor spelling also irritates the reader as well.
This researcher therefore, attempt to investigate some of the factors that are responsible for spelling mistakes made by some senior secondary schools students with a view to recommending ways to correct these mistakes that are over powering these students. Due to the fact that we were colonized by the British, English is now our secondary language (L2) of communication and with the fact some Nigerian students who are learning English are often faced with the problems of harmonizing or producing the elements of her mother tongue language which is her first language because every language has its own number of units of sound (phonemics), and in two languages have equal number of phonemics.
This then portrays that in learning a new language, the student are bound to come across some phonemics that are different from the one she has already known. Obviously, this will result to spelling problems, and it is this type of spelling problems and some similar other ones that the researcher wants to look into a to save the situation because too much work has not been done by people to find out this nature of spelling mistakes are to be corrected.