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ERIC Number: ED479086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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National and Official Languages in Nigeria: Reflections on Linguistic Interference and the Impact of Language Policy and Politics on Minority Languages.
Aito, Emmanuel
This study investigated the languages that interfered with Nigerian secondary school students' learning of French, focusing on the Esan-West and Esan Central local government areas of Edo State. It also examined error types identified in students' scripts, error types caused by the most interfering language, error types occurring most frequently, error levels in the schools, and class levels, at which students committed the highest number of errors. Students in schools where French was still offered completed surveys to determine their mother tongues and other languages spoken, then wrote two essays in French. Analysis of students' errors highlighted two broad categories: lexical errors and structural errors. Results indicated that all of the students wrote and spoke English, the official language of instruction in Nigeria, and 81.3 percent of the students claimed to write and speak Esan. Errors in their writing were traced to English, which was the most interfering language. Errors of meaninglessness and clumsy expressions were the most frequent error types, followed by errors of conjugation scoring. Esan did not interfere with students' learning of French. (Contains 66 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria