Professor (Mrs.) Bolanle Idowu Akeredolu-Ale’s 34th Inaugural Lecture

PRELIMINARY
I appreciate the opportunity that I have had to make my little contribution to the teaching and learning of English language in this University. Needless to say, the knowledge and perspectives to be expressed in this Lecture derived mainly from that opportunity. I have taught English for 23 years, I have been a member of different associations of teachers of English as a second and foreign language, both at home and abroad, evaluating how well we have been doing. I have played very active parts in the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology (COSKIPTECH) and the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL). I had kept my ears and eyes opened on questions regarding how well our students are doing. Furthermore, I have conducted studies on how the home environment affects English language acquisition.

I appreciate the opportunity that I have had to make my little contribution to the teaching and learning of English language in this University. Needless to say, the knowledge and perspectives to be expressed in this Lecture derived mainly from that opportunity. I have taught English for 23 years, I have been a member of different associations of teachers of English as a second and foreign language, both at home and abroad, evaluating how well we have been doing. I have played very active parts in the Communication Skills Project for Universities of Agriculture and Technology (COSKIPTECH) and the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRESL). I had kept my ears and eyes opened on questions regarding how well our students are doing. Furthermore, I have conducted studies on how the home environment affects English language acquisition.

The COMSKIPTECH workshops and other such meetings, in which I have participated, have examined in great detail questions relating to the impact of several factors on proficiency in the acquisition and use of English language. Foremost among such factors are learner’s motivation, pedagogy, learning environment, teaching aids and competence and training of teachers of English language, etc.

Thus, my exposure and my experience have prepared me for this occasion and empowered me to express the views presented in this Lecture. However, I must observe at this juncture the limitations that most academics in Nigeria currently experience when it comes to their access to research funds. The implication of the inadequacy of funds available for research is that one’s source of inspiration and of knowledge is not as rich as one would have wished. While it is a good habit to be thankful for whatever benefits and support one has received from one’s employers, it also seems to me appropriate to draw the employer’s attention to any shortcoming in provisions which may undermine the employee’s capacity to perform optimally.

I am sure that my colleagues in this and other universities nationwide would agree with me that it is of utmost importance that their access to research funds be enhanced substantially in the interest of more outstanding performance.

Now, let me get on to the main Lecture.

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Last Updated on February 22, 2012 by admin

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