Multilingualism Essay

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NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES COURSE CODE: ENG 454 COURSE TITLE: MULTILINGUALISM 1 COURSE GUIDE ENG 454 MULTILINGUALISM Course Team: Dr. Taiwo Abioye (Course Developer/Writer) – Covenant Prof. Kunle Adeniran (Editor) – UI Dr. I. Omolara Daniel (Programme Leader) – NOUN Mr. Theodore O. Iyere (Course Coordinator) – NOUN NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA 2 National Open University of Nigeria Headquarters 14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos. Abuja Annex 245 Samuel Adesujo Ademulegun Street Central Business District Opposite Arewa Suites Abuja. e-mail: centralinfo@nou.edu.nig URL: www.nou.edu.ng National Open University of Nigeria First Printed: ISBN All Rights Reserved Printed by …………………………………. For National Open University of Nigeria 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Course Aims What you will learn in this Course Course Objectives Working through this Course Course Materials Study Units Set Books Assessment Textbook and References Assignment File Presentation Schedule Course Marking Scheme Course Overview How to Get the Best from the Course Assessment Introduction 4 ENG454: Multilingualism is a three-credit unit course. This course introduces key theoretical and practical issues in the study of multilingual societies and individuals, exploring these at the levels of the nation, the region, and the group. Multilingualism examines topics like: languages and cultures; core concepts and core values; language attitudes; assimilation and pluralism; and issues surrounding minority languages. This course is designed to throw more light on the concept of multilingualism as an individual or social phenomenon, particularly in a society with a multiplicity of languages (such as Nigeria) at various stages of development. The ethnolinguistic and sociopolitical implications of multilingualism have been explained in
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