THE INCONSISTENCIES OF ENGLISH SPELLING AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING

THE INCONSISTENCIES OF ENGLISH SPELLING AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING

ABSTRACT

This study investigates the difficulties faced by Igbo second language learners of English  spelling. It  propose  solutions to students’ learning problems in order to  improve the teaching and learning of English spelling in second language situation. The study revolves around the history of English spelling. The study also shows  that English is ridiculous, deceptive, and inconsistent as a result of borrowing from other   languages. The inconsistency between spelling and pronunciation in  English  is because there is no one to one correspondence between  graphemes and Phonemes.

A sample of one hundred students from a population of four secondary schools in  Nnewi North local government Area was used. Data  was  collected through  dictation  test. The analysis was based on four type of error: omission, addition. double  marking and misordering.

The inconsistencies of English spelling also have a lot of implication in the  students’   learning process with a marked evidence of unintelligibility and  defective   pronunciation.