LANGUAGE AS A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: THE CASE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

January 2019 | JONTTE


Corresponding Author E-mail: danchrisonotere@gmail.com, Mcogbi@gmail.com
Published: 09 January 2019

Abstracts


Language plays a crucial role in the coexistence and interactions of humans,
English language is an essential communication tool that integrates a
multilingual nation like Nigeria together. It plays prominent roles in the
education, administration, communication, economic and commercial sectors
of the nation. English occupies a significant position in the nation education
sector, as an important subject and a medium of instruction in school; especially
in colleges of education. English is also used as a yardstick for evaluating a
learner's .school performance. This paper identifies English language as key to
achieving quality education and sustainable development in the nation.
Proficiency in English language gives access to good jobs and prestigious
position in the society. It recommends that problems associated with the
teaching and learning of English language be addressed thoroughly and efforts
should be made towards early learning and sound acquisition of English
language at the levels of primary, secondary, college of education and other
tertiary institutions. An improved student - teacher relationship should be
pursued in the colleges of education, since this aim of tertiary institution is the
bed rock of the Nigeria educational system because it focuses on the primary
and- post primary sectors. It concludes that sustainable development is
development that meets the needs of the present generation and development
that allows the future generation to meet their needs, and English language is at
the fore front of this development.

Keywords:

Language, English Language, Education, Sustainable,
Development, Nigeria.


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