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Optimal Activation of French for Specific Purposes for Human Development in Nigeria

Owoeye, Samuel T. (2010) Optimal Activation of French for Specific Purposes for Human Development in Nigeria. Applied Social Dimensions of Language Use and Teaching in West Africa. pp. 224-230.

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It would not be far from the truth to say that communication through the use of the natural language plays a paramount role in the quest for development, be it human, social, political, technological and any other form of development. A paramount role because knowledge, which is the life wire of any development effort, is acquired through information. Information comes through communication powered by language. Looking at Nigeria as a country, English which is the official language and language of instruction in schools seems to have become inadequate for a sustainable human development which must take into account new trends in the globalized world. It is based on this background that this paper aims at exploring the concept of French for Specific Purposes (FSP), a paradigm of French studies, which has not been optimally activated in Nigeria as against what obtains in countries such as USA, Britain, Japan etc. The paper begins by defining the concept of French for Specific Purposes and goes further to examine the importance of French in Nigeria. The paper also makes a critical analysis of developmental benefits that are derivable from the optimal activation of this concept in Nigeria. To conclude, the paper recommends various practical and pragmatic approaches, which include the introduction of FSP certificate and diploma programmes in Nigerian universities, as steps towards the optimal activation of the concept in the country

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2013 11:31
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2013 11:31

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