ERIC Number: ED410748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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English as a Second Language: An Educational Overview for Multicultural and Bilingual West African Students.
Ubadigbo, Fidelis N.
This paper describes cultural and educational characteristics of West African countries that may have implications for West Africans studying and learning English in the United States. Countries discussed include Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Benin, Niger, Gambia, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Mali. The structures of the systems of elementary, secondary, vocational, and postsecondary education are outlined, focusing on commonalities in British-colonial and francophone countries, standardized testing, progression through educational levels, patterns leading to advanced degrees, types of institutions, literacy rates and patterns, schooling rates, female schooling and literacy, and uses of English. Numerical data on schooling and literacy are included. Charts detailing the structures of the Nigerian and United States systems of education are provided for comparison, and some comparisons are made with the United States within the text. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, French, Higher Education, Language Role, Language Variation, Literacy, Second Language Instruction, Sex Bias, Standardized Tests, Teacher Education, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; United States