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During the Colonial era; Nigerians were taught directly by the British. But as more people began to embrace Western Education, more teachers were recruited to meet the demand at that time, including the half-baked. Some of those teachers used our indigenous language to teach English and other subjects and that caused a conspicuous mother tongue affectation. Those who were taught in a wrong way graduated, and became teachers themselves.. Thus, transferring these wrong teachings from one generation to another.
It is important to know that a child is born with a Language Acquisition Device although it is currently called Universal Grammar. It enables the child to speak several languages, until he reaches six years old when this device expires. After it expires, the child finally gets acquainted to the language of his environment. Therefore, there is great need to place emphasis on diction starting from the cradle to totally eradicate this mother tongue interference as well as applying the Globally Acceptable Standard English Diction in their speech and reading.
We need the twenty-six( 26) English alphabets to enable us to read. But we need to gain mastery of the forty-four (44) speech sounds in English Language for us to transcribe and speak with a globally accepted accent. Thus, the onus lies on teachers on school owners to ensure they lead the way in speaking right. When we put out our energy together to SAY YES TO DICTION and Elocution, unacceptable accents will be a thing of the past.
Now, when you hear the word "Diction" , what comes to your mind? Maybe speaking from the nose or speaking in a way that sounds like you're singing. Whichever, diction certainly directs your thoughts to words and way of speaking.
A peep into the dictionary definition of the word "Diction" reads thus, "The effectiveness and degree of clarity of word choice and presentation of said words". Simply put, diction is speaking clearly to the understanding of people.
Sometimes, when people speak, we find it hard to hear what they say. This is because they either pronounce words wrongly or speak English with the accent of their mother tongue (dialect). Apart from clarity, diction entails speaking with a globally accepted accent. What this means is that though a speaker may come from Ikwerri or Yoruba, but his/her speech is free from Ikwerri or Yoruba influences, and clear enough for an American or British man to understand. Diction helps us pronounce words properly and accurate.
In addition to speaking right, diction gives a successful vocal image. What this means is that a person who speaks with diction will most likely be called upon to speak for others, which also helps in developing leadership qualities of an individual. Imagine that each time you talk to people, they tilt their ears and say, "Pardon? Sorry? Or I didn't hear you please". This will certainly initiate you and make you not want to speak in public, but a good knowledge of the right pronunciation of words and a pretty good accent makes you bold and confident while speaking in public. This implies that diction helps build self-confidence in people. There is a feeling of importance that comes, knowing that people love to hear you speak, and this feeling is a feeling of improved self-esteem.
In conclusion, there are no limits to the advantages of speaking right, and there are also no limits to the category of users of diction. From Nursery to Primary, and from Secondary to Tertiary. Everyone should aim at speaking right.
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