Nigeria is a country with about 400 Languages. A teacher therefore, always finds herself teaching a classroom consisting of students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This means that English will be the only common language to communicate with each other and with the teachers. This paper intends to discuss the downside to having so many diverse languages and cultural backgrounds in the English classroom and at the same time it underscores the opportunities that are inherent in multilingualism in a Nigeria classroom and ways to utilize these opportunities to the advantages of the teacher and the learners of English.
Grace Ebunlola Adamo, Kogi State University,Nigeria
Stella Igene, University of Benin, Nigeria
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