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Title: Extending the frontiers of L2 reading instruction in the African ESL context: A 21st century imperative
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Author: Olushola Bamidele Are
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Institution: Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: Reading instruction practices in many African societies, and the attendant views regarding text readability, are based on the tacit acquiescence among reading instruction practitioners that it is ‘normal’ for readers in typical ESL contexts to experience difficulties with English texts from L1 contexts. Such reading difficulties tend to be very obvious and are therefore usually not addressed as problems in the instructional sense. They are often seen as inevitable in L2 reading. This paper opines that this perspective must change in favor of an approach that not only views this situation as problematic, but also involves training readers to read texts from L1sources. This will help African ESL readers become better integrated into the information age where the bulk of knowledge comes in L1 varieties of the English language.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: California linguistic Notes, Volume XXXVIII, No. 1 Spring, Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, California state University, Fullerton

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