This paper is a summary of two years experience in the development of
strategies to solve the problems created by students’ lack of motivation in
reading. The paper identifies the motivation strategies for the teaching of
reading skills, used at workshops organised by the Centre for Applied
Linguistics at the University of Joe, during the long vacation. These
strategies are organized under three headings; namely, compilation of reading materials, production of reading items and the evaluation of traditional methods of teaching reading skills. The reading texts covered by the compilation and production activities are poems, extracts from standard novels, short stories and technical materials. The evaluation component identified questioning strategies for reading that needs more attention. The paper finally discussed the implications of these strategies for the teaching of reading in those Nigerian languages which will be taught to Nigerian children as second languages.