CODE MIXING AND CODE SWITCHING,A CASE STUDY OF SOME SELECTED SCHOOLS IN ORUMBA SOUTH L. G. A. ANAMBRA STATE
Code-Switching and Code-Mixing have become a dominant feature in the spoken English of most Students in Anambra State. This research work carried out in some selected schools in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State confirms this assertion. Through the questionnaire administered on about fifty respondents of the target population, the researcher could establish that the average child of the community starts to become bilingual from the primary school stage of his education. This, in effect, makes code-switching and code-mixing manifest in the child’s linguistic performance right from his early age. The implication is that, since both phenomena correlate positively with the educational attainment of individuals, English language teachers should devise the means of preventing the demerits of code-switching and code-mixing from adversely affecting the language acquisition process of the child.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Code–switching and code-mixing are well-known traits in the speech pattern of the average bilingual in any human society the world over. The implication of the prevalence of the phenomena in some selected schools in Orumba South Local Government Area Anambra State, Nigeria for the English language teacher there is what this research project sets out to indicate. Nobody seems to have hitherto done this.
The main body of the project is divided into five chapters. The first contains the introduction and background study of the concepts. It is in the second that we have the literature reviews which contains the previous investigations of scholars on code-switching and code–mixing are examined and other information of the concept. The entire procedure (methodology) for the current research constitutes the third chapter. The fourth chapter contains the results obtained from the research case studies and various discussions where the implication is explicitly stated, while the fifth chapter contains the conclusion and recommendation with appendices and bibliography of the research project.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The so-much talked about falling Standard of Education in Nigeria has so adversely affected the spoken English of our secondary school students that they find it difficult if not impossible to make a complete statement in English without resorting to code- switching and code- mixing as an escape route.If the current trend is not checked, what will be the fate of the Leaders of tomorrow of this great Country? Measures to be taken include prohibition of mother-tongue in classes and outside classes in other to make the students conversant with all the English words.
1.3 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This research project is made to discover the level of the use of code-mixing and code-switching in some schools in Orumba south LGA Anambra State of Nigeria, both by the students and the teachers during the teaching process and to also analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the concept, in other words the effect of this phenomena on the students, families, community and nation at large.
1.4 IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY
This study have great importance on the life style of many students, teachers, families, communities, tribes and nations at large in the area of discovering the advantages and disadvantages of the use of code-mixing and code-switching in some schools. It will also help to discover the various types of languages used in the schools by the students and teachers in the teaching process, especially in Orumba south LGA Anambra State of Nigeria.
1.5 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To identify the effect and implications of Code-mixing and Code switching on the students
- To determine the type of languages that is being used in teaching our children in Orumba south local Government of Anambra state Nigeria.
- To analyze the important or advantages of code-mixing and code-switching
- To also identify the causes or the reason why code-mixing and code-switching is being used in some school.
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