BILINGUALISM OR ZERO BILEVGUALHSM: IMPLICATIONS FOR LITERACY ATTAINMENT OF THE NIGERIAN CHILD
IMOH ABANG EMENYI (MRS)
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES
THE POLYTECHNIC, CALABAR.

ABSTRACT
The centrality of literacy to the advancement of the Nigerian child 1s not in doubt But since He/she is born into a bilingual situation, the English language and He/Her native language are available for use. This paper attempts to examine what the Nigerian Child does with this languages. With the view of identifying the implications this has for literacy attainment. If we accept the basic premise that languages share the fate of the societies of which they form a
part, it follows that all factors influencing social development also shape language and the roles they play (Geida Mansour)

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