English for Academic Purpose: The Nigerian Experience

Godwin F. Akpan


This study attempts a descriptive and a diachronic approach at examining English used for academic purposes in Nigeria. It traces the coming of the English language into the Nigerian territory and establishes that the World Standard English (WSE) cannot be guaranteed in Nigerian because of the problem usually associated with language contact. The paper highlights the present status of English language in Nigeria as well as looks at the features of Nigerianisms  that have affected the language. It concludes finally that for the world standard to be achieved, English language teaching must be based on grammatical acceptability.

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