Text Massage “Englishes” and the ESL Learner Dilemma

By Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The ESL learner normally experiences some forms of linguistic problems between the mother tongue and the target language as part of the learning processes. The spotted deviated aspects are considered errors. Using error analysis, the errors provide pedagogical opportunities to design appropriate remediation approaches and methods for both teachers and learners The purpose of this paper is to look beyond the common practice and investigate the text message “Englishes” as a new developing source of ESL learners’ dilemma. The paper addresses the following specific questions: (a) does the text message “Englishes” reflect in the writings of the undergraduates in Nigeria? (b) to what extent does this problem occur in the works of the learners?; and (c) what approach can we design to assist the learners? The paper concludes that the new trends in learners’ errors could be checkmated and remedied through error analysis approach.

Keywords: Text Message “Englishes”, ESL, Error Analysis, Mother Tongue, Undergraduates, Dilemma

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.125-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 889.074KB).

Prof. Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan

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

I had 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’ I also attended an International Conference on the Humanities at the University of Pretoria, South Africa held on 22-25 June 2008. Also, I attended the Southeast Regional Conference of SETESOL in September 22-27, 2010 in Miami, Florida, USA.


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