DR. VEMURI LAKSHMI NARAYANA,
Learning English as second language to speak, read and write is very difficult for the learners hailing from the rural areas because when they learn English at school, their mother tongue is holistically internalized. Learners who studied English as a second language tend to speak English in the same pattern of their mother tongue. Communication between two different language people in the two language system is one of the major reasons for the interference. When the British introduced the English language to Indians, the regional languages went in concomitance with the English language and caused interference. The problem of interference of mother tongue occurs due to the difference in system and mis- pronouncement of spelling. When they use English, it is rid of its originality and emerges pronounced in localization. Interference may occur in phonetically, morphological, structural, grammatical, cultural and conventional words.
This paper focuses on the interference of mother tongue in learning English for Tamil language students hailing from rural areas to pursue programmes in engineering course.
Key words: Mother tongue, influence, interference, education, students