A DISCOURSE ON ISSUES AFFECTING SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING: THE WAY FORWARD

E Henry, Asemota
unpublished
English Language education is important in its own right. Also importantly, English, as the most widely spoken language in the world, underpins the growth of international education, energizes individuals who are proficient in the use of English to conduct business internationally, and engage actively in global economic, social and political activities. To develop English language proficiency and acquire the level of English necessary for comprehending academic content, learners need adequate
more » ... ers need adequate English Education. Effective Education systems help teachers to design instruction for English language learners. These strategies are geared towards helping students develop listening skills, attaining higher level vocabulary and understanding how to incorporate it into well-formed sentences. Adept English language education also incorporates cultural sensitivity. In studying the world's cultures, groups do not only have different languages but also exercise different world views, which should not be ignored when language varieties are studied. While varying sources emphasize lexicogrammatical features, the common syntactic structures peculiar to conversation and the coverage of features of spoken grammar is at best patchy. The result is a missing link, inadequate for many learners, particularly those for whom the development of oral fluency in informal interactions with native speakers is an important goal.
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