An Assessment of the Use of English Programme in Higher Education: The Nigerian college of Education Case

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Iliyas 'Rasaq Ayodeji

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The problem of deficient English usage by students of tertiary institutions generally and those pursuing studies leading to the award of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in particular has been a worrisome phenomenon. This concern stems from the fact that the situation seems to be getting worse despite the arduous task of General Studies Education Department where the Use of English courses form the core of courses presented to students. This understanding informed this empirical attempt to assess the suitability and relevance of the Use of English programme in Nigeria's Colleges of Education to the general and academic English usage of the students. With one research hypothesis and two research questions, the researcher used two sets of questionnaires to source relevant information for the study. The study found that the contents of the programme is suitable and relevant at that level and pan of the recommendations of the study is for the expansion of the curriculum to include specific novel reading and concise oral drills.

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