Self-Other Relations in the English Language Writing of Nigerian School Students

Mohammed Bello


This paper discusses the ways in which Nigerian secondary school students portray their selves and other relations through the context of writing. Using a social cognitive theory by Bandura (1989) as the underpinning theoretical framework, we examine how the selves are reflected in the written texts.  We collect data from the writings of the selected students. The study draws attention to three themes: appreciation as an indicator of relating self to the other, salutation as an initiator to relate to the other, and caring as a way of appreciating the other. The study contributes in enriching self development in writing and awareness of how self attempts to relate to the other through various ways in writing. We recommend that future research seeks to examine fully how self and other relations are embedded in the ESL writing of other genres among Nigerian undergraduate or postgraduate students. 


self and other relations, second language writing, secondary school, students, Nigeria.

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