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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 1)
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The Use of Etiquette Vocabulary among Boys and Girls in the English Discourse in Kenyan Secondary Schools in Kakamega Distict

A.A. Grace, Lydiah Musungu and W.N. Joseph
Corresponding Author:  Joseph Wamocha Nasongo 

Key words:  Communication competence, discourse, discourse competence, etiquette, grammatical rules, Jargon,
Vol. 2 , (1): Page No: 1-6
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 August, 31 2009 November, 11 2010 January, 20

This study examined the use of polite forms as used by boys and girls in English discourse in secondary schools of Kakamega district in Western Province, Kenya. The objectives of the study were two-fold: First, to establish the different forms of polite language used in the secondary schools. Second, the study sought to find out the difference between boys’ and girls’ usage of polite language. The population of the study comprised 110 secondary schools. The sample comprised 42 teachers of English, 20 Heads of Language Departments and 520 students. Data was collected by use of questionnaires, in-depth interviews and observation schedules. Research experts in the department of Curriculum Instructional and Educational Media at Moi University evaluated the instruments. Data was analyzed by use of descriptive statistics of frequencies and percentages. Data from in- depth interviews were transcribed and analyzed. The findings of the study showed that various polite forms such as greetings, requests and excusing oneself have been taught and are effectively used. On the contrary, other aspects such as turn taking and negating in conversation were rarely used. It further established that there are significant differences between boys’ and girls’ usage of polite forms. Results indicate that girls were more polite than boys. Therefore, since polite language is a prerequisite of sound interrelationship in the secondary school the study recommends that all the aspects of polite forms should be taught regularly and that all the teachers in the secondary schools should enforce its usage.
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A.A. Grace, Lydiah Musungu and W.N. Joseph, 2010. The Use of Etiquette Vocabulary among Boys and Girls in the English Discourse in Kenyan Secondary Schools in Kakamega Distict.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 2(1): Page No: 1-6.
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