HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, LANGUAGE STUDIES,
PRIVATE MAIL BAG
Students’ performance in Language Arts in Teacher Training Colleges and Polytechnics in Sierra Leone has been appalling. This paper is intended to look mainly at some factors that contribute to the poor performance of students in Language Arts at the Teachers’ Certificate level. Data was collected through a formal questionnaire approach. The data was analysed to indicate which items on the questionnaire students responded to most or not, and which ones they did not give any response to, in connection with factors affecting the performance of Teachers’ Certificate students in Language Arts. The results were selected, tabulated, and were expressed into percentages. It revealed that students seldom speak English in College and at home; use Krio quite often. They have never participated in a debate competition, symposium, and find literature and grammar more difficult. The study further revealed that although a lot of factors are to be responsible for the poor performance of students in Language Arts, the results are encouraging at public examination, NCTVA 2002 -2005.