Investigating Applied Linguistic Implications of Hausa as an L1 in PSCs: A Case Study of Four Selected Primary Schools in Kano Municipal Local Government Area


    The Hausa language is not only a tool for communication but also a medium for creative writing, rhetorical expressions and language art mastery by schooled children. This research aims to investigate primary pupils’ competence in the Integrated Language Core (ILC). The ILC helps pupils to develop sound communicative skills if seriously handled.  In addition, the research in question is to investigate a more comprehensive language art usage and a more complex grammatical structure regarding children's language development in the classroom with Hausa as their first language (L1). Being an “action research”, the methodology used in this study involved field research whereby four selected primary schools – as our case study – were visited; also, participants’ observation and questionnaires were administered to have a fact-finding report of Hausa-teaching-learning inadequacy. Using qual-quan analysis, the result of the study discovered certain problems that hinder children’s ability to the appropriate language development. It is also reported that the poor conditions of both teachers and pupils coupled with the poor facilities encountered and at the same time lack of interest towards the subject as a whole are the factors responsible for the setback in both teaching and learning of Hausa language. It is worth noting that the rationale behind conducting this research work is to recommend ways of ameliorating or improving the teaching and learning of the Hausa language especially in primary school classes (PSCs) as an L1.

    Keywords: Hausa language, L1, PSC, pupils, applied linguistics


    author/Umar, A.U., Bashir, A., Muhammad, A.U. & Hammi, U.A.

    journal/Tasambo JLLC | 15 February 2024 |  Article 14