SOCIOLINGUISTIC FACTORS THAT AFFECT COMPETENCE AND PERFORMANCE: A STUDY OF OROKE YORUBA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

ARIYO, KAYODE SAMUEL, Ph.D & AIRABAMEN, GRACE, RUFUS GIWA POLYTECHNIC, OWO, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA, ID CLEaR2017-467;    ABSTRACT: English functions as a second language in Nigeria. The fact that English coexists with Nigerian languages, and the learner’s mother tongue, will cause interference of these languages with English language. This work explores sociolinguistic factors affecting competence and performance of second language speakers, using Oroke Yoruba high school students as the case study. There was the use of questionnaire in order to achieve a maximum result. The collected data were analysed through the use of the percentage method. The findings show that 100% of the respondents held the opinion that the use of inappropriate textbooks could cause low level of proficiency in English language. Also, 50% believed that students’ knowledge of Yoruba helped in the acquisition of English Language. Hence, the development of phonological competence in English should be taken more seriously by all and sundry, bearing in mind that international intelligibility of the Nigerian English standard lies in the transparency of its phonology, syntax and semantics. Also, teachers of English in Nigerian secondary schools should always strive to upgrade their knowledge of English and model international intelligibility to teach their students.

Keywords: Sociolinguistic, Competence, Performance, English