International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Using Soccer Related Text to Facilitate English Language Learning Among Students in Nigerian Secondary Schools
Mallam Adamu Babikkoi, Zainab Noor bt Abdul Razak, Abubakar Sulaiman

This paper aims at emphasising the use of Soccer related issues in texts as technique for teaching basic language skills in Nigerian secondary schools. Given that learning relies on readiness, and readiness is achieved through positive motivation the soccer related texts is believed to ignite active participation of learners in the English classroom and beyond. Soccer is the most popular sport in Nigeria and has become part of the young and the young at heart due largely to Nigeria’s participation in International both male and female soccer for ages. In view of the dwindling poor English proficiency among students which has affected their performance in examinations for ages, this paper suggests that Teachers of English language should explore all means to encourage learning and learner participation, one of which is integrating soccer related text and issues into English instruction to encourage learner participation. Sadly, the Intensive English textbooks used in teaching English language had only a passage,’ Africa and Olympics’ in SS2 and none in SS1. The learner becomes very excited about learning and attempts to contribute if issues of interest are discussed. Interest in the content of the text is believed to influence and facilitate participation which facilitates effective understanding. Through integrating soccer-related topics in comprehension exercises Teachers of English language could facilitate debates, interaction and activity based classrooms which would lead to vocabulary learning, reading and writing as well as communication practice within and outside the classroom.

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