Pronunciation Challenges in English Language Among Undergraduate Students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
This study investigated pronunciation challenges among undergraduates among undergraduate students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, as case study. The descriptive survey design was used for the study. The sample of the study was One Hundred (100) respondents, selected from five (5) different Departments using simple random sampling technique. The study used a structured self-constructed questionnaire for data collection. Obtained data were analysed through frequency counts and percentages. Findings of the study revealed that Mother Tongue plays a significant, but negative role, in the phonological acquisition of a second language learner. Again, Language in contact, like pidgin and creole can cause wrong pronunciation of English words among undergraduates. A detailed description of English sounds, intonation and stress as well as teaching of English words are imperative to reducing the problem of wrong pronunciation among undergraduates and second language learners of English Language in Nigeria. Based on the findings, it was recommended that stakeholders of university education should ensure that phonetics and phonology are taught and enough textbooks on each, should be provided by government and which should be effectively used by lecturers and students, in the concerned departments.
Keywords - Pronunciation, Mother-Tongue, Second-language Learner, Description of English Sounds, Phonetics, Phonology.