A Framework for the Evaluation of the English as a Second Language Programme in Nigeria

Abstract:

This study attempts to provide a framework to facilitate and enforce the process of learning the English language in Nigeria. The framework adapts the CIPP model of curriculum evaluation to provide a foundation for the specification of the total nature of perspectives and participation needed for the successful planning, implementation and assessment of the national ESL programme. It is observed in the study that improper attention to the specified social, political, psychological, educational, and linguistic realities makes them remain as constraints, rather than facilitators of an ideal ESL programme. A suggestion is then made that a broad-based decision facilitation ESL presentation framework, which is capable of capturing the total nature of insights and personnel involved with the English language curriculum process, be employed in Nigeria and other similar linguistic contexts. It is further suggested that the specification should be holistically perceived because their improper perception and utilization can render (and has always rendered) any language planning decision ineffective.