THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT TYPE ON THE READING PROFICIENCY 0F NIGERIAN ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES (EAP) LEARNERS: A REPORT
A. O. OGUNDIPE
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES,
THE POLYTECIINIC, CALABAR.
The promotion of reading literacy in a second language in a multi—lingual domain. such as Nigeria. is by no means an easy task. The inherent difficulty about this occupation resides in the basic facts that: (l) the users of the second language already possess a natural first language; (2) they only learn or have to learn the L2 for some utilitarian purposes and therefore the motivation for learning the target language is less integrative. and (3) their first languages experience often interferes with their competence in the L3 and thus hinders their performance in the target language. Thus promoters of literacy in the target language in second language environments have had to grapple with the problems usually associated with L2 acquisition and use among L3 users in developing effective and proficient literacy skills and strategies for the literacy empowerment of the L3 user.