Matatizo katika ujifunzaji wa silabi za kiswahili katika shule za upili wilayani Rarieda, Kaunti ya Siaya
Owino, Moses Jared
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This research study aimed at establishing whether secondary school students in Rarieda District have difficulties in learning Swahili syllables. Various scholars and researchers have done research and published about the concept of the syllable. This research therefore has given contribution to the already established knowledge. The research was conducted based on the theoritical framework of the Interlanguage theory (Selinker 1972) and the CV phonology theory (Clements and Keyser 1983). Data was collected from teachers and students by use of questionnaire, interviews and participatory field observation. Stuctures of Swahili syllables were the main target by the researcher by listening to the conversations of the students as they spoke Swahili. The library and internet were also useful in reading about Interlanguage theory, CV phonology theory and other literature on the syllable. Schools and the students who took part in the reseach were chosen using probability sampling technique. The data collected was analysed based on the foundations of Interlanguage theory and the CV phonology theory, followed by descriptive presentation of the results. The results of our research study showed that some of the Swahili students who speak Dholuo as L1 have difficulties in learning Swahili syllables due to the difference syllable structure between Dholuo and Swahili. The difficulties were seen to affect pronunciation in speaking, spelling in writing and meaning of words. This research study is useful to students of various first languages backgrounds learning Swahili as a second language as well as to linguists in dealing with the syllable and second language learning.