O. Salako’s article, “Marginalized Labeling: An Evaluation of English Speaking Africans Classified as ESL Students,” appeared in the well-respected International Journal of Language and Linguistics. It discusses the placement of African students whose first language is English in ESL classes in the U.S.
It questions the placement of these students in ESL classes along with students whose English proficiency is lower than theirs.
In the article, Salako examines the essays of Nigerian students placed in an ESL class to determine if they are scholastically capable of opting out of the ESL classes required for international students, and reflects on the classification system for English-speaking Africans and their viewpoints on the use of the English language. The full text of the article is available online.
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