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ERIC Number: ED360880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Place of English in the SSS Curriculum in Nigeria: The State of the Art.
Mohammed, A.
A discussion of the senior high school curriculum in Nigeria focuses on the role of English, considered an important language for educated individuals. An overview of the structure of the secondary curriculum is offered, and the sociolinguistic and pedagogical significance of English in the society is examined briefly. The senior high school English curriculum is then described, with attention given to its objectives and format, syllabus problems and limitations, and the phenomenon of widespread English language deficiencies. It is suggested that the best way to remedy the latter problem is to use the native language as the medium of instruction during primary education, to firmly establish literacy and numeracy skills, then concentrate on developing communication skills in English in junior high school and on grammar and refinement of English skills in senior high school. English would continue to be the medium of instruction in secondary education. Additional recommendations include making the upper-level English curriculum more learner-centered and communication-oriented, emphasizing language across the curriculum, and redesigning the school-leaving examination to measure communicative competence better. This might include differentiated examinations based on student academic and career objectives, and assessment respecting local variations of English. (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