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Monday, April 23, 2018

Today Is International English Language Day

The United Nations is observing today as International English Language Day.

It was established by its Department of Public Information in 2010, to celebrate Multilingualism and Cultural diversity.

The day is also said to be chosen because twenty-third April was the birthday and date William Shakespeare died.

Speaking on the significance of the day, the Head of Department English Language and Literature, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Dr Geraldine Nnamdi-Eruchalu, cautioned that going by the influence English language is having on the Mother tongue, Igbo language is at the risk of going into extinction, because many parents of Igbo extraction prefer discussing with their children in English language.

She maintained that though English language is needed in communications, it should be balanced with indigenous languages.

For the President Department of English and Literature, of the University, Comrade Leonard Nworie, English has permeated every part of the society adding that it will offer one, many opportunities as the subject is virtually contained in all courses.

The day usually features book-reading events, quiz competitions, poetry among others that promotes English language.

By Amaka Chibuzor Okoye

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