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Nigeria is a multilingual society with about 250 different languages accompanied by many dialects. Such a situation makes for a comfortable adoption of the English language as the official language of government and as the language of instruction in schools. Internal politics apart, the English language affords Nigerians easy communication among the many linguistic groups in the country and with other English speaking peoples all over the world. The position the English language holds in Nigeria, therefore, calls for the need to look more closely into the teaching of the arts of the language in order to enhance adequate mastery of it.

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