Francophone African Literatures And Pedagogy Of French As A Foreign Language
Associate Professor / Reader
At the Foreign Languages department office
Appointment on Visitation important
Topic: FRANCOPHONE African LITERATURE AND TEACHING AND LEARNING OF FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
The peculiar status, mission and vision of the Nigeria French Language Village (NFLV) have in no little way fashioned our research orientation, thus influencing our publications from inception to date. Two main areas of research interest can be identified through our publications
Francophone African literature
The papers justify the battle change from the colonial masters to Africans themselves. In both international and local peer reviewed journals, these papers reposition some of African literary works into the postcolonial discourse with functional and targeted aims such as: Change of the African mindset for a socioeconomic transformation, political development of the continent, a corruption free society, equity, social justice, good governance and democracy, human rights and gender equality among others. The papers also draw attention to new duties of contemporary writers who should fit in the role of scribes of their time with realistic creative works. A special attention is devoted to Kourouma who is described as historian and chronicles writer of eventful and failed political transitions that led to tribal wars successively in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. With him, creative literary work is synonymous to successful documentation of history.
Teaching of French as a Foreign Language
Papers in French language teaching often challenge the traditional old method of foreign language teaching where the teacher is seen as the sole custodian of knowledge. Relying on the new methodology of foreign language teaching, especially French as a Foreign language, the publications advocate a method of teaching where the learner occupies the central position; a learner-centered approach to the teaching of French as a foreign language.
From 1991 to date, our research has been tailored towards improving the quality of French language teaching, through analyses and suggestions for replacement of existing loopholes in traditional old teaching methods with new learning and teaching approaches, such as communication, social interaction and action based methodologies which quicken language learning process and mastery for functional task resolutions
|1.||Ph.D (Language Science and Didactics)||Universite de Franche Comte, Besancon, France||2002|
Teaching and Learning of French in Nigeria and Gender Issues
Would language studies, especially French studies, be the preserve of women? How do we explain this undeniable phenomenon characterizing the learning of French in Nigeria? If the finding is general, we would nevertheless like to base it on our observations at the in Nigeria French Language Village which is a meeting point for Nigerian university and college of education students of French - over a period of three decades.
The aim of this research will be for us to understand, not only why Nigerian women are more interested in learning languages in general, French in particular, but it will also be a question of unraveling why, paradoxically, the lack of enthusiasm of this category of learners in teaching the subject in the higher institutions.
By virtue of the position of NFLV as a language immersion center for 3rd year university and 2nd year college students, the data collected in relation to enrollments over three decades is representative this and will be for us a sample on which our analyzes will be based. Questionnaires would also be distributed to harvest opinions.
E. Expected result
If we agree that the number of French registrants is higher for women than for men, finding a coherent and simple explanation for this phenomenon becomes more difficult. The expected result may not be different from factors appealing or inimical to the learning of the Language. There are many explanations that have not been offered. Many are closely related to theories namely physiological theory and psychological theory.
D. Contribution to Knowledge
The research is in progress. It promises to yield interesting results with meaningful contribution to knowledge.
LADITAN OMOLEGBE is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of Foreign Languages
LADITAN has a Ph.D in Language Science and Didactics from Universite de Franche Comte, Besancon, France