The Implementation of French Language Policy in a Multilingual African Society: Nigeria as a Case Study
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Language is a pushed factor for national and international cooperation and development. The French language has been adopted as Nigeria's second official language and compulsory subjects in schools from basic 4-9. This paper examines how practicable the implementation of this policy has been in the light of the multilingual environment in which it operates. The paper explores .the evolution and objectives of the French language in Nigeria and explains the Rationale for the French language policy in Nigeria. It highlights the efforts and support initiatives of the government to actualize the policy. It further identifies some challenges facing the implementation process and proposes some solutions. In conclusion, it stresses the point that in order for French to take root in Nigeria, and for the policy to be well established, the study of French must take into account the implantation of the structures of the students' first language, their socio-cultural environment, and the realities of their daily lives. It must resolve critical issues of language integration, linguistic complementarities, language interference and government political will in assigning roles and functions to French and other languages on the curriculum.
French Language , Education , Language Policy , Policy Implementation
Opara, C.C, Adetuyi, O.E and Osedeme, V.A (2018). The Implementation of French Language Policy in a Multilingual African Society: Nigeria as a Case Study. An International Conference held in Toronto, Canada, 16pp.