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Title :

Strategies for Teaching English Language in Nigerian Primary and Secondary schools

Authors :

Murana Muniru Oladayo

National development is a direct function of successive good governments that ensure provision and improvement of requisite social requirements and amenities such as qualitative education, good water, good road, access to good health facilities, electricity and so on. Good governments are also not coincidental; they are a product of collective participation by the citizenry. A key means of participation is language. In Nigeria, English is the language of government and proficiency in it enables understanding of the process of governance and meaningful participation. Ironically, Nigeria practices democracy and majority of her citizens are illiterate. Again, while schools increase in number at all levels of education in the country, teaching and learning of English has not been really efficacious. This paper discuses the current English language teaching/ learning situation in Nigeria and proposes strategies such as group discussion and oral classroom presentations for developing literacy and oracy skills of learners at the primary and secondary school levels. It recommends among other steps that workshops and seminars should be organized for teachers of English in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria to keep them abreast of the modern strategies for effective classroom delivery associated with the communicative language teaching approach.