Re-invigorating the Teaching of Continuous Writing in Secondary Schools
Keywords:re-invigoration, continuous writing, language teaching
Mastering the writing skill especially poses enormous, but surmountable challenges to learners of English language as a second language. A good grounding in writing is however a sine qua non to any academic achievement. At the centre of the performance of Nigerian students, especially in English language in SSCE, is the aspect of continuous writing which carries highest mark in the examination. This was discovered after going through some of the Chief Examiners reports on the performance of candidates in the SSCE in English language submitted to the West African Examination Council in Lagos. It has been observed that this abysmal failure is as a result of the fact that this aspect has not been given its deserved attention in the teaching of English language in secondary schools. The general fall in the standard of the education at the tertiary institutions is the general fall in the standard of the composition skills on the secondary schools. This paper intends to suggest re-energizing of the teaching of continuous writing in Nigerian secondary schools because of its utilitarian roles in educational and other life-long pursuit of the modern world. Some practical suggestions which are hoped to be of immense benefits to both the teachers and learners of composition writing, especially at the secondary school level are proffered along this line.
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