Sumerianz Journal of Education, Linguistics and Literature

Online ISSN: 2617-1201
Print ISSN: 2617-1732

Quarterly Published (4 Issues Per Year)

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Volume 2 Issue 7 (2019)

On Allophones: Lecturers’ and Students’ Use of the [Ði] and the [Ð?]

Authors : Kumuyi Olubamiji Omojola ; Olowoyo Segun
The paper presents an examination of both teachers and students use of appropriate allophones in different environment pronunciation among lecturers and students of English language and related courses. The study is premised on the fact that poor quality of spoken English has been observed among graduates of English in polytechnics within and outside Nigeria. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methodology to assess and determine the performances of lecturers and students in selected institutions in Nigeria and Uganda. A reading exercise was administered on the research subjects, and the results showed some lecturers and students hardly differentiated the appropriate pronunciation of [ði] from [ðə] in their respective environments with a mean percentage of 48%. In fact, hardly were they able to appropriately apply [ðə] such in reading exercise. The study recommended that lecturers of English should ensure they pay due attention allophones in their spoken English. Also, they should ensure that they emphasised allophones when teaching oral English in tertiary institutions. It was further suggested that oral drills should be incorporated into the curriculum of tertiary institutions.

Pages: 47-50

Distributive Leadership and its Relationship to Organizational Commitment in Secondary Schools of Sarawak

Authors : Hu Kuok Hua ; Ying-Leh Ling
This quantitative study aims to identify the influence of distributive leadership on the organizational commitment of teachers. A total of 317 secondary school teachers were selected as respondents randomly from 18 national secondary schools around Kuching city. The data of this study was collected using the combined questionnaire of the Distributed Leadership Readiness Scale and the Three-Component Model Employee Commitment Survey. The findings shown that there is no significant difference in the level of teachers’ organizational commitment according to the gender of the teachers. In addition, the Pearson Correlation Test found a positive and significant relationship between the distributive leadership level and the organizational commitment of teachers in the school. This study has shown that leadership and principals’ ability has an impact on school organization excellence. Therefore, the role of the teacher needs to be maximized according to the teacher’s expertise so that organizational commitment can be improved.

Pages: 42-46