Language, Literacy and Learning in Nigerian Primary Schools
Simeon Oziri Ogbonna
Action/lid International Nigeria, Abuja
e-mail: simeon.0gbonna@actionaid,org;

The paper explores the interactions of language, literacy and learning at the primary level of education. It argues that for pedagogical, cultural and pragmatic reasons, the Nigerian school system should effectively promote the acquisition of permanent literacy skills in the child’s mother tongue (MT) or first language (L1) and English. It recommends, among other things,a reduction in the language curriculum overload inherent in the present language education policy, so as to ensure that adequate attention is paid to the teaching and learning of literacy
in the MT or L1 and English.

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