Proprietor explores pupils’ potential in foreign language
Fourier International School, Akure, Ondo State has embarked on the training of its language teachers overseas to enhance the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
This is in its to teach its pupils proficiency in foreign languages and international relations.
Director of the school, Olumide Omosuyi, who spoke with The Guardian in Akure, said the school was exploring ample opportunities in foreign languages for the overall development of the students.
Omosuyi stressed the need for Nigerian schools at all levels to expose students at early age to the study of foreign languages and urged the Ministry of Education to prioritise the teaching and learning of languages in schools curricula.
“The school management has made it a policy to add German Language to the study of English and French languages in the school syllabus so that the pupils can be proficient speakers of at least three international languages,” he said.
He disclosed that the institution had set up a committee, which would oversee the training of some teachers in the school abroad with all expenses paid by the school management.
“One of our teachers, Odidiomo Taiwo, who studied Linguistics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, will soon leave for Germany for further studies and to deliver on this mandate.”
“It is the fulfillment of our mandate to set international standard and equip them for competition with their contemporaries not only in Nigeria and Africa but also around the world,” he added.
Omosuyi, however, noted that pupils were always at great advantage during their elementary stage to acquire foreign languages through the Language Acquisition Device (LAD), which makes them native speakers of such languages.
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