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Building Capacity: Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools

Ngessimo M. Mutaka

Publication Year: 2008

"Building Capacity promotes the vision that the teaching of African languages can best achieve its aim of boosting the economic and cultural development of the Africans if they are made to work in synergy with a revamping of the course contents of international languages that will be taught within the frame of a development-oriented literacy curriculum. Great emphasis is put on the oral skills in the use of African languages as they are to serve as a link between the community and the school for the ultimate revitalization of the positive aspects of African cultures in a world beset by globalization. The book is supplemented with a sample of texts in the appendix that are meant to be a bridge between formal texts taught in classrooms and literacy texts that can raise the genuine interests of the local populations in that they address their immediate needs. Among the possible topics language teachers are encouraged to explore in their classes are those concerning economic development, but also such issues as health, education, the environment, food security, and conflict resolution. ""In the face of the growing interest in the use of African Languages by Africans as symbols of personal and cultural identity and as means of empowering the rural communities in the entreprise of national development,the need for a methodologically appropriate manual to guide the teaching and learning of African languages becomes urgent.This book is a timely response, predicated on a policy of the symbiotic use of African languages along with partner (foreign-official) languages, to attain a balanced level of economic and socio-cultural development.It is based on a compendium of well- thought-out principles geared towards a rapid acquisition of written and oral language skills that are congruent with and reflect the socio-cultural and economic concerns of the linguistic community."" Beban Sammy Chumbow, Professor of Linguistics, University of Yaounde I ""Among the numerous proposals in this book is the necessity for Africans, and I would add, for the communities of Asia and Latin America, to re-think the contents of their language courses and assign them an objective which aims at the integral development of their communities. It is indeed imperative that these courses reflect clear objectives of seeking social, cultural, and economic developments that harmonize with African, Asian, and Latin American values that are deep rooted in their respective various cultures."" Jean-Pierre Angenot Professor of Linguistics, Federal University of Rond?nia, Porto Velho, Brazil."

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. iv-v

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pp. vi-vii

When Philip Mutaka asked me to write a preface to this book, I must confess that I was at first reluctant because it is a book on literacy, and I felt that I may not be the right person to write such a preface as I have not specifically published...

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Chapter One: Introduction: Issues in the teaching of languages as a prop to a development-oriented literacy

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pp. 1-12

As a way of introducing this paper and the present volume, we wish to point out that the title of the volume, “Building capacity: using TEFL and African languages as development-oriented literacy tools” is the unifying theme that runs throughout...

Part One: on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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pp. 13-64

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Chapter Two: Revival of Classroom Activities through Exercises

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pp. 14-30

Among the causes of the failure for our secondary school pupils to be productive in English, there are some which are beyond teachers’ control. The teachers’ lack of motivation due to their living conditions, the time and place of the classroom activities and...

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Chapter Three: Practical Suggestions for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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pp. 31-64

In language teaching, motivation has been considered as a stimulating element to quicken the learning of a foreign language. The various devices the teacher of a foreign language uses often determine the degree of this motivation. It is true there is not a particular...

Part Two: African languages and literacy

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pp. 65-161

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Chapter Four: Enhancing the role of African languages in local development projects

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pp. 66-81

The concept of National Development has, unfortunately, become a commonplace in Africa, to the extent that its definition is no longer clear. This paper starts out by attempting to clarify this cardinal concept before bringing the main discussion down...

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Chapter Five: Literacy in Cultures of Oral Tradition

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pp. 82-87

Of the more than 6,800 languages in the world today, half are at risk of extinction within this century, some because of war and epidemics, others through economic exigencies that cause parents to teach their children English, French or Spanish...

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Chapter Six: Perspectives de revitalisation d’une langue en danger : le cas du Nyemnyem

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pp. 88-106

Un des impacts négatifs de la mondialisation sur le continent africain est sans nul doute celui de pousser beaucoup de langues et de cultures sur la voie de la disparition. Un examen des neuf critères de l’UNESCO5 sur le statut des langues africaines...

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Chapter Seven: Perspectives for the revitalization of an endangered language: a study case of Vute-Banyo

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pp. 107-123

One negative impact of globalization is certainly the endangerment of languages and cultures in the African continent. An examination of the nine criteria of UNESCO12 for assessing the endangerment of languages would readily show that the majority...

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Chapter Eight: Vers une production du matériel destiné à l’enseignement des langues maternelles: extraits de Jules Assoumou (2005)

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pp. 124-130

Dans le souci d’encourager la production du matériel destiné à l’enseignement des langues maternelles, nous avons cru important de publier des extraits de la thèse de doctorat de Jules Assoumou (2005) intitulé « Modèle d’enseignement des langues maternelles...

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Chapter Nine: Overpowering the anti-African values ghost in us: Reflections on the introduction of African languages in the school system

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pp. 131-151

During a recent conference of Linguapax Afrika held in Yaounde, Cameroon, on December 12-13, 2006, there are a number of very personal remarks that the three special guests gave in a plenary session and which encapsulate the wishes and fears of most...

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Chapter Ten: Growing seeds of peace in an African war-torn world

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pp. 152-161

Most probably, the people who truly value the importance of peace are those who have experimented the atrocities of war or other conflicts within their families. They realize that peace is a most precious commodity for several obvious reasons: economic...

Appendix. Literacy texts

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pp. 162-193

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715374
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558087

Page Count: 204
Publication Year: 2008