THE DIRECTORATE’S ORGANISED TRAINING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ON PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The training workshop for selected secondary school teachers in Omu-Aran with the theme “Skills Building and Empowerment Workshop for English Language Teachers in Nigerian Secondary Schools” held on 5th November, 2016 at the International Conference Hall under the auspices of the Directorate of University Wide Courses of Landmark University.
While declaring the programme opened, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan reiterated the need for English teachers to serve as good examples of proficiency in the use of English language to their students. She whole heartedly welcomed all participants to the workshop and enjoined them to make the most of it. Professor Obayan also pointed out that for the University to lay claim to the world class status she envisioned, her impact must be felt by communities around and secondary schools within Omu-Aran are no exemption.
A presentation by the resource person, Mrs. Akanmode Olushola, on the topic “Skills Building and Empowerment Workshop on the Use of English for Teachers in Nigerian Secondary Schools”, brought to fore the need for teachers to improve on their use of English language to become competent teachers and communicators. She further emphasized that with a high degree of proficiency in communication and teaching, teachers should be able to effectively guide their students on the proper use of English which she described as the fastest spreading language in human history till date. While lamenting the poor performance of senior secondary school students and the probable reasons for such poor performance, Mrs. Akanmode opined that teachers need to consider using good examples in teaching the students and advised that teachers should seek ways of improving their command of English, which would have effect of their teachings.
Thereafter, examples of common wrong expressions and mispronounced sounds in English Language were given and the corrections to such were provided. In conclusion of the presentation, the teachers were admonished to become good influence and to use English just exactly the way their students are expected to use it.
In attendance at the workshop were five representatives each from fourteen schools Omu-Aran and environs. The schools are: Omu-Aran High School, Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Ogbo Grammar School, Government Christian College, Obi International School, Adeoti College, Landmark University Secondary School, Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko, ECWA Girls Secondary School, Comprehensive High School, Oko, Ofe-Aran Commercial College, Aperan Comprehensive College, College and Progressive Secondary School.
At the end of the workshop, the participants were all full of thanks to the Chancellor, Dr David Oyedepo for the Vision of Landmark University. They further appreciated Management for the privilege granted them to be a part of the educative workshop and passionately requested that such event should be allowed to hold periodically to serve as a form of updating the knowledge of all Teachers within Omu-Aran and environs, as this will further motivate them to deliver according to desired expectations.
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