ERIC Number: ED476747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-17
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Second Language Teaching and Learning: The Nigerian Experience.
Onukaogu, C. E.
This paper examines the second language teaching experience in Nigeria. It discusses mother tongues, official second languages, indigenous second languages, and foreign languages. It critically evaluates the Six Year Primary Project, a model study which examined the effectiveness of one Nigerian mother tongue, Yoruba, as a medium of instruction in Nigerian schools and colleges. It also evaluates the Communication Skills Project, which investigated how to best teach English in order to enhance the ability of Nigerian undergraduate students to receive and give information in English. This project ended up failing completely. Next, the paper explains why Nigerian languages, whether performing the role of mother tongue, second language, or foreign language, are not effective media for teaching and learning. Finally, it speculates on the possible trends in mother tongue and second language learning, research, and instruction, suggesting what should be done to facilitate the use of languages and second language learning, research, and instruction. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria