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INNOVATION IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN NIGERIA: STARTEGIES FOR DEVELOPING READING READINESS SKILL

BY

MRS REBECCA ISAAC UMARU Ph.D

DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, FACULTY OF
EDUCATION, NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY KEFFI

Being a paper presented at the 4TH National Conference of National Association for Promoting Educational Innovations (NAPEIN). At University of Agriculture Makurdi, on 13th to 18th of August, 2012.

Abstract
Early learning and development is firmly embedded in the National philosophy of education with the goal of developing the individual child to become a sound and effective citizen with equal educational opportunities for all Nigerian children irrespective of class or status. The objectives of language teaching and learning as provided in the National Policy on Education is to give children permanent literacy and the ability to communicate effectively. The paper is focused on the development of reading skills at the elementary level and how the home and school can work together in promoting the love for reading in the learners. Conclusion and suggestions were provided on how we can develop the love of reading in our learners since the ability to read and understand what is read is a great asset in our modern society.

Introduction
The ability to read and comprehend what is read is a great asset in our modern society. Language is central to learning and to life generally. That is why it is commonly believed that success of language education leads to success in education. English language is one of the most essential subjects in the school curriculum. The mastery of English language give room to easy understanding of all other subjects studied in school. To achieve this, reading and understanding play a key role in language teaching (Olaofe; 2005) states that the status of English as second language in Nigeria implies that it plays a key function in the social, professional and educational life of Nigerians. The implication for this is that English has to be taught and learned very well to ensure that students have a complete mastery of the language and the ability to use it proficiently. The objective of teaching English as provided in the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2004) is to give children permanent literacy and the ability to communicate effectively. The instructional efforts should be geared towards assisting the Nigerian child to acquire the requisite skills to enable him interact competently in the national life and success in his professional career. It is noteworthy that the English taught and learnt should be nationally accepted and internationally intelligible. This paper take looks at the principles of 2nd language teaching and some strategies for teaching reading readiness skills. Principles For Second Language (L2) Teaching

The second language is the language learnt by those who already have mastered a given language as their first language for communication: English Language is the official language adopted for use in Nigeria. It is otherwise known as the lingua franca. It is language of instruction in the entire nation’s institution of learning. Most school texts are printed in English and it is the predominant language of the media where government policies and decisions are disseminated. The use of English thus helps Nigerians to communicate effectively with other nationals outside the country. To most Nigerian if not all, English is a second language. It is generally believed that the school system is failing in its responsibility to give learners proficiency in English at all levels of education as many learners are unable to express themselves orally in English and more are unable to read and write competently Oyetunde (1999) in (Alaku, 2012). There is therefore a need for a great deal of motivational activities to arouse the learners’ interest in the learning of second language (L2). This can be done by ensuring that L2 learning...
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