Relationship between the Teaching of Literature-in-English and the English Language in the Students’ Performance in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations in Nigeria

By Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan and Adenike Ojuolape Momoh.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study examined the relationship between the teaching of Literature-in-English and the students’ performance in the English Language in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations. Some selected secondary schools in Akoko North-East, Akoko South-West, Akoko South-East and Akoko South-West were used as samples. A total number of three hundred and forty questionnaires were administered to teachers and students. Data were collected using the Likert type of questionnaires: 4-point-scale questionnaires: Strongly Agree (SA), Agree (A), Strongly Disagree (SD) and Disagree (D). The data collected were analysed using percentages as well as T-Test. Only hypothesis two was tested at 0.05 level of significance while percentage was used for hypothesis one. The findings of the study revealed, among others, that there was a serious decline in the performance of students in the English language at the West African Examinations Council: Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAECSSCE) between 2001 and 2003 years of the study. Also, the study indicated that there was significant difference between the performance of students that offered the English Language alone and those that combined Literature-in-English with English in the WAEC SSCE. The study equally revealed that effective teaching of Literature-in-English improved the students’ performance in the English Language in secondary schools. In view of the outcome of this study, some recommendations are made.

Keywords: Literature-in-English, Performance, Examinations, Curriculum, Secondary Schools

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.285-294. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 616.728KB).

Prof. Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan

Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo, Nigeria

I have a PhD in English Language in 2003 at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, specializing in Applied Linguistics [English for Science and Technology, EST; Teaching and Learning Needs of ESL students; English and Communication for specific purpose]. I have teaching experiences in secondary schools, colleges of education and universities of Ado-Ekiti, Nsukka [Ikere-Ekiti],and Adekunle Ajasin, Akungba-Akoko. I have had 18 years teaching experience in four higher institutions. I have over 40 academic publications including books, contributed chapters in books and articles in both national and international journals. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts Education and currently Acting Director of Centre for entrepreneurship development (CED) at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko,Ondo State, Nigeria. I am a member of Linguistics Association of Nigeria [LAN], International Linguistics Association [ILA]. I attended, among others, the ILA Conference in New York, USA, between 11 and 13 April, 2008 and presented a paper on ‘Language Policy Provisions and Curriculum Issues and Challenges in Nigeria’.

Adenike Ojuolape Momoh

Lecturer, Department of Arts Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo, Nigeria


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