Mark W. Muvango, F. C. Indoshi, M. O. Okwara


Instructional media is of one of the important tools that help leaner’s to master concepts in the teaching-learning process. The use of appropriate instructional media enhances teaching and learning of English. However, Kakamega East Sub-County is one of the most affected regions with declining performance in English at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. The biggest blame had been attributed to the non use of appropriate instructional media. The purpose of this study was to assess use of instructional media in teaching English in secondary schools in Kakamega East Sub-County, Kenya. Specific objective of the study was to establish: How well teachers prepare on use of media in teaching of English, the extent to which instructional media is used in secondary schools in Kakamega East Sub-County in teaching English subject. The study revealed that the use of appropriate instructional media in teaching English was significant for successful instructional process. The study employed descriptive survey design. The study population consisted of 23 head teachers, 46 teachers of English, and 1500 Form Two students. A sample of 20 head teachers and 40 teachers of English was selected using Saturated sampling technique while Simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 500 Form Two students. Piloting of instruments was done on 10% of the population. Research tools included questionnaires, document analysis guide, observation schedule and interview schedule. Quantitative data was collected from the closed questionnaire items which were tallied and presented using frequency counts, percentages and means. Qualitative data was transcribed and organized into categories, sub categories and themes based on the study objectives. The findings of the study revealed low frequency in the use of instructional media in English teaching. The study recommended the inclusion of programmes in teacher training and their induction in in–service courses for those in the workforce.


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