International Journal of Innovative Social Sciences & Humanities Research 3(2):24-30, April-June 2015


SEAHI PUBLICATIONS, 2015

PERCEPTIONS ON THE USE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND MOTHER TONGUE IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA



Oladunni O. DEJI- AFUYE
Department of General Studies, School of Education, College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Email: dunnidejiafuye@gmail.com

Temidayo A. AYENI
College of Education (DSS) Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Email: tayeni1@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
This study examined the use of English language and mother tongue in national development in Nigeria. The sample used for the study consisted of one hundred (100) stakeholders from Ekiti State. A simple self-developed questionnaire was used to get information from the respondents regarding their perceptions on the use of English and mother tongue in national development. The research hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance during the study. The findings indicated that there was significant relationship between the use of English and national development and that there was low relationship between the use of mother tongue and national development. The study, therefore recommended that government should make necessary efforts in developing the indigenous languages which serve as mother tongue of Nigerians in order to make them viable for national development. It should be noted that our indigenous languages can as well make positive impact on national development by improving the quality of education, reducing illiteracy, increasing public awareness in public programmes and encourage mass participation in public affairs.
Keywords: English language, mother tongue, national development, Nigeria