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Availability and use of selected visual materials in the teaching of English writing skills in primary schools in Kericho County, Kenya

Abstract

Charles Kimutai Kurgatt, Macdonald Omuse Omuna

Competence in writing remains a challenge to learners of English as a second language particularly at primary school level. This calls for early intervention in teaching through use of visual materials that enhance high levels of retention and easy retrieval of information. The purpose of this paper, therefore, was to establish the extent to which visual materials are available for use in the teaching of writing skills in Kenyan public primary schools. The objective of the study was to assess the availability and use of visual materials in schools that enhance the development of pupils’ writing skills in upper primary schools. The Research design used was descriptive survey design. 21 public schools were selected through purposive and multistage sampling. A total of 42 teachers and 84 class 7 pupils participated in the study. Information was collected using questionnaires, structured interviews and observations.Findings reveal that printed materials were the main resources available in the classrooms in most schools with 36 out of 42 teachers indicating that they were available and adequate. This study suggests that the government should increase Free Primary Education allocation to allow schools purchase a variety of learning resources other than textbooks

DOI: 10.14303/er.2016.009

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