Bilingualism and the Teaching of English and French in Nigeria


The essay explores the bilingual implications of the teaching of English and French in Nigerian schools. It argues that since French has been made a second official language in Nigeria, the government has to encourage its learning by training French language teachers and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. Further, it argues that clearly specifying the roles of the foreign languages as well as indigenous language in official communication in Nigeria will allay the fears of skeptics who think that Nigeria’s indigenous languages would become disadvantaged in the presence of these foreign languages.