The topic of the study is the effects of wrong tense in the study of English language among upper basic education students in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State. The aim is to know how wrong tense affects the learning of English language among Upper basic education students especially in four selected schools in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State. The targeted population for the study was 500 but collection was questionnaires. The questionnaires were distributed to the four schools selected in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State. The data were analyzed using percentage. The following were the researcher’s findings. That teachers of English language in Jalingo do not have teaching aids in their various schools visited. That students are hardly fluent in English language. That most of the English language teachers are not qualified that students are hardly buy books in English language. That most students are very poor in understanding some of the English language vocabularies. In view of the above, the researcher recommends that teachers should be made to make use of correct teaching method in teaching of English that wrong tense should be restricted as stipulated by the national policy on education 4th edition. That student should be taught and made to speak English language always. That teachers of the English language should be made to ensure that at least every student is carried along in the classroom lesson. That qualified teachers should be employed.

Background of the Study.
Language is a creation which every human being is endowed with or blessed; a unique gift of language is used naturally as one tool of expression consisting of different sub skills.

The English language is the official and native language of Britain, Ireland, North America, Australia, America and most of the British colonies, (for the colonies, it is regarded as the official language rather than native). It is commonly divided by periods into Anglo-Saxon, or old English (about 450-1100 Bc), Middle English (about 1100 to 15Bc) and modern English (from 1500 to date).

Wrong tense is one’s native language. A language besides being the major distinguishing phenomenon between man and other creatures is evidently the most enduring of every people’s cultural heritage. It reflects the culture of a people and it is in extricable bound up with it.

Language is an important tool that enhances human communication and interaction. It is a vital instrument in cultural transmission and preservation of a social group. It is in a fundamental sense, a crucial tool in the preservation and propagation of the human species. An examination of the linguistic content of a particular speech community can provide information about the life style, occupation etc. of a given people.

The English language beings the national official language for the British colonies of which Nigeria is among makes it our second language. Hence, our respective wrong tense exists before colonization. This has necessitated the teaching and learning of the English language and its consequent hindernce in our wrong tense in various study points nationwide. It is therefore, glaring to state that, Nigeria is a linguistically complex society by the mere fact of the history of its creation. It is estimated that there are between 250 and 400 language spoken in Nigeria (INTER NET).

This linguistic heterogeneity promotes the continued use of English in Nigeria. Ethnologic include English amongst its list of Nigeria language this hardly supervising since the role of English language in Nigeria diverse and ubiquitous, especially as a means of intra and international communication. It is as a result of the negative effects which wrong tense had caused the study of English language on the educational structures of the attempt to determine the effect of the use of wrong tense on the teaching and learning process among Upper basic education students.

1.2 Statement of the Problem.
Before the advent of British traders, missionaries and colonialists, indigenous Nigerian language defined every aspect of the speech community from its religious, cultural, political, Economics, social to whatever else that can be through of the language functioned effectively to deal with everything relating to the day existence of the people. The arrival of the British, concomitant with the English language provided a language contact situation with an attempt to a language shift in the population.

New sets of ideas, concepts and values were introduced to the system where indigenous local language had previously been self-sufficient, rendering them inadequate to deal with the new concepts introduced by the British, particularly in the areas of formal education, Western law etc. the result was the initial subtle and later blatant intrusion & influence of English language on domains that were the exclusive preserve of indigenous language.

Now, the English language is generally an accepted language which was introduced into Nigeria through colonialism and missionary activities is now spoken, thought and learned in Nigeria.
Where English language sentence are made, they are characteristically uttered with variation in pitch often referred to as intonation. This is often an area of difficulty for second language, users of English language who have tonal? Language as their first language. This is one of the major problems encountered by learners of English language. Other areas of problem encountered are’, Sentence and word stresses, vowel sounds and English suprasegmentally of pitch. The study intended to identify the effect of wrong tense in the study of English language in senior Secondary schools in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State.

1.3 Objectives of the study
• To find out the level at which wrong tense can hinder in the learning of English language among Upper basic education students.

• To investigate the speech qualification of English teachers using questionnaires, Using Taraba State as case study

• To know how teachers makes use of correct teaching methods during the teaching of English language in Taraba state.

• To investigate whether background and environment also influence language, In order words to find out, how the language used in the child's immediate environment influences a child's use of language.

• Research questions
This research is guided by the following questions;

• Are students encountering difficulties in their academic performance?

• Are there noticeable differences when these students speak another language outside their wrong tense?

• At what level of linguistics is hindernce most noticeable among the Upper basic education students in Taraba State?

• Are code-mixing and code-switching predominant features in language hindernce?

• Will students notice the transfer of their indigenous language intonation patterns while speaking their second language?

• Significance of the Study
This study will help to expose the numerous factors that influence the hindernce of the study of English language by wrong tense or native languages. It will also identify the effects of this hindernce on other study area that are based on the use of the English language as the basic communication.
This study will enable teachers to identify their problems in English language. This study will also enable student to understand how to make use of English words especially in pronunciation, intonation and phonetics. It will also enable the teachers to make more research on the use of English language.
Since English language has been used as a second official and some times even as a foreign language in Nigeria for along time and give the inescapable behaviour of language in contact, it is normal to expect it to have factors which can identify it as bonafide subject, dialect, variely or idiom of world English. These may be seen as research findings relating to hindernce, derintation and creativity as are seen to obtain among speakers. In Nigeria. English is now the term Nigerian English is used to refer to the subject of English spoken or written by Nigerians, it is commonly known that the features of Nigerians English language, like those of other new English, are essentially inherent particularly at the early stages of learning by wrong tense features.

1.6 The Scope of the Study.
This research is the effect of wrong usage of tense in study of English language among Upper basic education students in Jalingo Local Government Area.

It is based on the available result gotten from continuous assessment and summative examinations of schools such as West Africa Examination Council, the national examination council and examination development centre for senior school certificate examination all in English Language.

1.7 Definition of Terms:
It is imperative to properly defined the terms that make the heading of the research topic under study. This will go along way at giving direction to the research work.

These includes:

ANGLO-XASON: A person whose an cestors were English. (2) An English person of the period before the norman conquest.

FUNDAMENTAL: Serious and very important affecting the most central and important parts of something. (2) Foundation of reality.

HETEROGENEITY: Consisting of many different kinds of people or things (2) Uniformity/Alike.
ETHNOLOGICAL: The moral ideas and attitudes that belong to a particular group or society (2) peculiar to a race or nation.

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