Introduction to English as a Second Language

An Introduction to English as a Second Language (ESL) is a two-unit class that is available at the beginning of the first year of students in BA English as well as BA (Ed.) English programs. The program is designed to serve as a foundational course and exposes learners to such questions and concepts like Domains and Status of Language and the expansion of English worldwide, Varieties of English in Nigeria; Standardization and Deviations in English. The Language Nationism and Nationalism Differentialities between ESL, Pidgin, and Creole aspects of teaching English as a second language, including the instruction of Literature in English and the evaluation of the learner’s proficiency skills in ESL.

What you’ll learn during this course

The purpose of this program is to provide you with the knowledge of English as an additional language. The categorization of any language as being secondary refers to the nature and purpose of the language, as in addition to the manner of instruction, the order in which it is taught, and the duration of its acquisition. In certain regions around the globe, like Nigeria, English functions as an additional language. This course will introduce you to the sociolinguistic and linguistic circumstances of English as an additional language, with a special focus on Nigeria. Nigerian situation. The educational, political, as well as environmental aspects of ESL in Nigeria, should not be ignored.

Course Aims

There are 20 study units within the course. Each unit has its own objectives. Read the purpose of each unit, and keep these in mind as you study the course. Alongside the goals that each section has, the general objectives of this course comprise:


(i) to provide you with an introduction in the field of English as a Second Language;
(ii) To familiarize yourself with the unique features of English as an additional language
(iii) to show you the need and the requirements for teaching English as an additional language; and
(iv) to help you prepare for your research in English as an additional language.

Course Objectives

Based on the overall goals of the course, a few goals for the whole course are outlined. These are the tasks you must be able to accomplish at the end of the course. If you can complete the tasks then you have accomplished what the goal of the course is.

So, upon successful conclusion of this course you should be able:


A) Define the source and evolution of English as A second language. Language (ESL) is a popular language, especially in Nigeria;
b) Recognize the characteristics of English as an additional language;
C) Contribute to the expansion of English as a Second Language;
d) Differentiate between English as an additional language, English as a First Language
e) Discuss the need to teach English as an additional language;
F) Successfully complete any lesson in any area of English at the Primary Secondary School Level;
G) Examine the role in the world of Literature within English as a second language
H) Discuss the different methods for language testing and the various types of languages.


The major aspects of the course:

  1. Course Guide
  2. Study Units
  3. Textbooks
  4. Assignments File
  5. Presentation Schedule

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