An Error Analysis of Lecturers’ Conference Papers: Implications for Literacy and Language Development
I Terver Udul & Mary 0. Anyebez
Department of English & Literary Studies. College of Education, Katsina—Ala
Department of Arts Education. University of Jos, Jos
A paper Presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Reading Association
of Nigeria held at Benue State University, Makurdi
Theme: Enhancing Human and Natural Resources Through Literacy
Date: 18th—21st August, 2010
Venue: College of Health Sciences Auditorium Benue State University, Makurdi.

Writing and publishing to contribute to knowledge is a worthwhile academic exercise. However; experience has shown that at the moment, many lecturers write and present conference papers more as a way of meeting the requirements for promotion, hence the concept ’publish or perish.’ These conference papers(either used in their ’raw’ form or published as conference proceedings, book of readings or journal articles) constitute a primary source of information for lecturers, students (mostly in higher institutions), and researchers within and out side the country. The above stakeholders attach a lot of academic value to conference papers because they contain research findings and new trends in the various fields of human specialization, and this information is accessed through reading. By making writing and publishing a mandatory exercise in higher institutions, available evidence shows that there is a worrisome decline in the quality of academic staff publications. In this paper; the authors have established through an error analysis that conference papers which are primary sources of reading and research are marred by a wide range of writer errors, a development which has grave consequences for language development and advanced literacy.Eleven papers were randomly selected from the maiden edition of Academic Staff Unions of Benue State (ASUTIBS) National Conference held between 6th—9thOctober, 2009 at College of Education, Katsina—Ala. The paper points out that communication between the writer and reader is an index of literacy. But the preponderance of writer errors affect communication and this is a pointer that language development and literacy of students in higher institutions is in jeopardy

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