Education in general also focuses in assisting learners to acquire all the three main domains in life which are the Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor domains, according to Martin et al (1994). This project investigated whether the phonic method of teaching reading would assist in improving reading comprehension, pronunciation as well as the processes of word recognition of pupils, especially during reading and comprehension lessons. During the researcher’s stay as a subject teacher, he found out that some of the Junior Secondary School Two ( JSS 2 ) pupils of the school were performing poorly or abysmally in reading and comprehension especially in reading such as poor pronunciation and recognition of common words during reading and comprehension lessons. The researcher in order to address this situation, decided to use the phonic method of teaching reading and develop its associated appropriate teaching and learning materials to aid in improving the reading and comprehension skills of the pupils with difficulty in reading for example poor pronunciation and recognition of common words during reading lessons. Data was well collected through pre-test intervention and post-test intervention. Finding shows that the students’ reading comprehension, pronunciation as well as the processes of word recognition improved after going through the intervention and they were also able to read with understanding and speak English fluently on their own with less intervention. The researcher recommended that teachers should use appropriate teaching and learning materials and methods to arouse pupils’ interest and improve the teaching and learning of reading and comprehension in Schools.





1.1  Background To The Study

Language by nature is an intricacy of learning and relearning which extends a communicative sphere. It wanders off the borders of linguistics even to involve almost every cognitive capability of man who is the only wielder of it. In it’s learning, it involves four skills namely listening and speaking on the one hand and reading and writing on the other. While listening and speaking are the most basic and hence, the most important language skills, reading and writing require the most attention and conscious learning process. For Akwanya,

Reading is another very important context of encounter with language. As in listening, encounter with language in reading involves a range of attitudes, from reading, say, a newspaper to reading a poem. There is a shift whereby one becomes a participant in an activity (Akwanya, 119)

The reading skill is acquired, quite ironically, through it’s practice. However, in the face of a poor reading habit, teachers tend to focus on the material and make the child reread the passages severally so that what is achieved is a memorization of a particular passage. The implication is that such a teacher is forgetting that the reading skill involves layers and layers of activities and intricacies that might be the source of the reading problems.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

There is a list of things that could conspire to deter a fluent learning of reading as a language skill. From a pathological lack of concentration to a full blown case of dyslexia. Often when a teacher is faced with this; a child who is having challenges reading or who had a total aversion towards the exercise and the skill, it is often very frustrating for the teacher. This is majorly owing to the fact that the entire educational process is predicted upon this skill without which the learning process is fatally stalled even in the highly potential child.  And each peculiar case requires a specific set of strategies to combat it with. This is the problem that has called the present research work into being: to explore the use of phonics and word recognition strategies in improving poor reading skills.

1.3   Research Questions

The practical questions of this research work include:

Can phonic and other word recognition strategies be used in improving poor reading skills.

To what extend can they be relied upon in combating poor reading skills.

Are their specific strategies for particular reading inabilities or does it just depend on whichever works on the child in question.

1.4   Objectives Of The Study

Purposes of this research work include filling up a practical gap in the educational process. The entire aims and objectives of formal education which deductively aims at eradicating illiteracy is often defeated by the inability to instill in a child this skill without which he cannot be lettered. This research work aims at mapping out the various phonic and word recognition techniques that can be employed in the improvement of a bad reading skill. Like we mentioned in the background, it usually isn’t result oriented making the child repeat the reading material. For instance, sometimes merely making them go through the sample reading material and recognizing the words and attempting to distinguish them phonetically from others before reading the material through will help improve a child reading skill.



1.5   Significance Of The Study

This research work is aimed at providing alternative and working panacea to poor reading skills. Therefore, every institutions of basic learning will find it of great importance. Governmental school boards in their bid to draft an updated curriculum and module can go through this research work and appropriate its finding into their own work. Not to say the least, teacher’s trainee programmes.

1.6   Research Hypothesis

The research we have taken up here is based on a hypothesis: that lasting and several options are open to teachers in tackling poor reading skills through the use of phonic and other word recognition techniques. It is also assumed here that these options can be tailored to each definite cause of the mentioned lacks.

1.7   Scope Of The Study

Lack of a fluent reading skill is found usually among children and illiterate adults. However, this research work would focus broadly on the manifestations of this inability in children with little lights now and again on adults. This is as the case is much more diverse in children than in adults. At any event, the phonic strategies discussed here are predicated upon the learning dispositions of children than those of adults.

This work is divided into five chapters with the following chapter examining previously carried out researches on related topics and briefly addressing their inadequacies which this present research work hopes to correct. The third chapter would tailor down the methodology of the research while chapter four discusses the various strategies properly.



1.8   Limitations Of The Study

Time and a controlled subjects for a good study are the recognizable limitations experienced in the course of this research work. The want of space is also another.


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