LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT

COURSES OFFERED

Language and Literacy

The course is designed to introduce student teachers to the basic principles of language and literacy. It focuses on equipping student teachers with the requisite rudimentary concepts that will guide them to acquire and understand the necessary knowledge and skills about language and literacy to enable them to use language effectively to enhance literacy development skills of all learners. It will help student teachers to understand and identify how children acquire language and apply it in their language and literacy classroom. The course covers key areas like the nature of language and communication, knowledge and understanding of the nature and concept of language and literacy, theories of language acquisition, and addressed bilingual education and challenges to developing literacy among all learners

Communication Skills

This is an introductory course for all new student teachers. It is designed to help students to develop effective language and study skills for their academic work; improve their vocabulary, become familiar with the conventions of Standard English Language usage, and develop strategies for preparing for, and taking examinations. The course also aims at equipping student teachers with the mechanical skills for academic writing and reading. Additionally, the course will enhance trainee teachers’ skills for communicating effectively in an academic environment and classroom context.

Teaching Speaking and Listening at the Junior High School

The aim of this course is to expose student teachers specialising to teach at JHS 1-3 to the various skills of teaching speaking and listening. The course begins with introducing student teachers to the concept of speaking and listening and how they contribute to language learning and literacy development. The course seeks to equip student teachers with the skills in materials development for teaching speaking and listening and techniques in assessing speaking and listening at JHS 1-3 level. It will also provide student teachers with the skills to integrate technology into teaching speaking and listening to enhance JHS 1-3 learners’ literacy skills. The course also aims at exposing students teachers to the speaking and listening component of the Junior High School English curriculum. Besides, the course provides student teachers with the needed skills to help them to critically reflect on speaking and listening activities and how to apply them in the JHS 1-3 classroom.

Introduction to English Language

This is a core course that introduces all student teachers to the English language. The course comprises two major areas namely, introduction to phonetics and phonology and introduction to grammar. The purpose of phonetics and phonology is to equip the student teacher with the necessary tools of English language sounds and rules to enable him/her effectively receive and produce English texts. The focus then will be on the identification and production of vowels and consonants. Phonemic awareness and phonics will also be covered. The purpose of the second part, grammar, is to equip the student teacher with the necessary grammatical rules for effective text construction.

Teaching Reading and Writing

This course introduces student teachers to the skills of teaching reading and writing at the JHS level. It focuses on the techniques for teaching reading and writing at the JHS level. As the ability to read and write is an essential indicator of literacy, this course is designed to furnish student teachers with the essential knowledge and understanding of the concept, stages, and benefits of reading and writing and introduce them to the various strategies for effective teaching of reading and writing at the JHS level.

The Basic School English Language Curriculum

This course is in three parts: curricula for Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High School. The course aims at helping student teachers get an in-depth knowledge of the foundation of the English language curriculum. The first part of the course begins with the common elements of the three levels. This includes the definitional issues, history of curriculum development, models and differences between curriculum and syllabus. The course also presents the common characteristics of the English language curriculum and the suggestions for teaching it.

 In this first part of the course, the student teachers will focus on demonstrating comprehensive knowledge of the official school curriculum including learning outcomes. The second part of the course prepares student teachers to effectively explore the curriculum of each level of the Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High School. The content emphasizes listening and speaking, grammar, reading, writing, children’s literature and extensive reading regarding each level.

English Language Classroom Organisation, Management and Assessment

This course is in two parts; classroom management and organization and classroom assessment. The first part of the course examines classroom-management models as well as theoretical and empirical approaches to classroom management and their application to best practices of English language classroom organization and management. The course helps student teachers develop appropriate English language classroom management skills including decision-making and problem-solving. The course also presents the concept of motivation in language learning. In this course, student teachers will focus on implementing interventions for preventing and managing routine and disruptive discipline problems in a practical manner to include establishing effective classroom rules and procedures, relationships, role of parents, and helping student teachers contribute to a positive learning environment

Literacy across the Curriculum

The course aims to equip teachers with the skill to incorporate subject specific literacy in their disciplines to enhance students’ academic success. The course introduces student teachers to the concept literacy across the curriculum, the importance of cross-curricula literacy, principles and practice of cross-curricular literacy and planning for cross-curricular literacy. Additionally, the course exposes student teachers to ways they can apply literacy skills in teaching their subject areas. The course also aims at assisting student teachers to know how to integrate subject specific literacy into planning, teaching and assessing across the KG-P3 curriculum and teaching strategies to use to improve literacy across the curriculum. The course equips learners with listening, speaking, writing and reading strategies that can be used to improve literacy across the curriculum. In this course, students are also introduced to how to develop assessment and make use of literacy explicit in the various disciplines in KG-P3.