Elizabeth Tobiloba Ajibade & Ademola Moses Adesanmi

The majority of undergraduate students that join in TVET polytechnics come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and speak English as a second language; despite the fact that English is the medium of instruction at all TVET institutions in Nigeria. The majority of earlier research of this kind concentrated on colleges and universities. However, the relationship between academic performance (AP) and English language skills (ELS) in the polytechnic sector has not received as much attention; to fill up this gap, a checkup and interviews were done at The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro to look into correlations between the ELS and the poor AP of ND 2 Food Technology students in the Use of English II course. The study's initial quantitative phase showed that students' English Acquisition Skill is unquestionably highly connected with their output rate and success in specific validated past studies. This article focused on the study's qualitative component, which involved the investigators interviewing a few chosen lecturers in food technology. Finding revealed that the staff members who work everyday at the "coal appearance" of TVET training are acutely aware from personal experience that there is a critical link between the ELS and AP of their students. They employ a range of tactics to deal with associated problems, but they believe these are generally insufficient and ineffective when dealing with students who are attempting to learn a second language. This study offers a chance to reconsider the prevalent, conventionalized usage of English in science studies and to look into the use of native languages as sources for obtaining cognitive research in higher education. Keywords: Academic Performance (AP), English Language Skill (ELS), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Use of English 0150