International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

Oral English as an Aid to Learning in Higher Institutions in Nigeria
Dr. Kwasau A. Ayuba

In the Nigerian institutions of higher learning today, English language is the only language of instruction and communication whose knowledge of skills is much needed to successfully pursue academic studies in different areas of specialization. Most institutions, focus on grammar and syntax to the disadvantage of the oral genre of the discipline. However, Kwasau (2004:15) reports that the oral use of English Course is not effective at all in enabling the students to acquire the oral skills needed for learning and communication especially in the University. Drury, in Bolaji (2001:1-10) observes that the issue of oral ineffectiveness and incompetence of students in the tertiary institutions in Anglophonic African countries seems to be uniform. The paper, analytic in methodology, dwells on the structure of oral English, its basic sounds and how a teacher should help his students to take care of such sounds in the language for functional and communicative competence in Nigeria.

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