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ERIC Number: ED360859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing the National Language Policy in Nigerian Schools: Problems and Prospects.
Mohammed, Aliyu; Zarruk, Rabiu
A discussion of Nigeria's national language policy looks at the official structure for language instruction, its rationale, and perceived problems and possibilities. The policy requires that the mother tongue or language of the immediate community be the medium of instruction at pre-primary and early primary levels, with English emerging as medium of instruction halfway through primary education. At the secondary level, English remains the medium of instruction, but each child must also learn one of three major Nigerian languages (Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba). In universities, English is the language of instruction, with some teaching and research in other languages. Common criticisms of the policy are that the transition from the mother tongue to English is not well articulated and that pupils are made to learn too many languages too quickly. However, in practice, the multilingual approach is found advantageous. Problems affecting implementation of the policy include: the large number of languages included; ineffectual supporting policies and practices; difficulty in maintaining teachers; inadequate facilities; curricula that do not reflect the difference between first and second language teaching; inadequate instructional materials; and negative public sentiment. However, government commitment and current development of materials are seen as promising signs. Foreign technical assistance is recommended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria