5th Inaugural Lecture

Title:               Languages And Communication Skills Technology Education in Nigeria: Interest, Implementation And Expectation
Presented By: Mr. Osasona Benjamin Adeniyi  FPA, MNIMMr Osasona
                      Department of Languages,
                      School of Liberal Studies
                      Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos, Nigeria
Date:              Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Brief of the Lecture

The lecture started with the message that, Language came into existence in the 16th & 17th century during the British merchant and Christian missionaries’ settlement in Badagry, a town in Lagos State. Although, like most African Nations after independence lead to grapple with multi-ethnicity and acute multilingualism. However, English language gradually grew to become the major medium for inter–ethnic communications.

In spite of English language being the Lingua Franca in Nigeria, It is poorly spoken and the lack of proficiency of the language has become a great concern for government. This can be attributed to lack of student interest in reading English language materials. Besides, lack of reading culture has eaten deep into lives of students.

Moreover, various studies have been carried out on employers in relevant industries to gauge whether graduates were meeting industry needs and recurring theme that emerged from these studies has been the lack of English language skills among fresh graduates and workers. He observed that in the private sector, graduates are becoming unemployable as a result of lack of proficiency that has been cited as one of the major factors that contributed to graduate unemployment. Research conducted on the use of language in Malaysia and Nigeria. He discovered that students in Malaysia crave for the use of English language while reverse was the case in Nigeria, English language was perceived as irrelevant to students.

General studies in English have the aims and objectives of ensuring the acquisition of communication competence needed by students both for academic purposes and to function effectively in a country where the English language is the official language and the lingua franca and as well use the language with international intelligibility. Imposition of the English Language on Nigerian makes Nigeria bi-lingual and bicultural. In spite of the multicultural and multilingual of Nigerian users of English there is usually a consistent striving for perfection in speaking and writing the language. There is need for lecturers to be equal partners in academic development and encourage team work.


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