From Austin Ajayi, Yola
As part of efforts to improve the learning of English in schools, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mednel Educational Initiative, has organised a one-day training workshop for English teachers in Yola.
The workshop tagged; ‘Shaping the way we teach English; Successful Practices Around the World’, was put together to help improve the teaching skills of English teachers from some selected schools in Yola.
According to one of the conveners of the workshop, Miss Motunrayo Ogunrinbokun, “the workshop is structured to give an exhilarating and enriching experience to teachers”.
She said there is the need “to actively engage in language research as a community to improve English Language by helping our learners develop language competency.”
In her key note lecture, Emilienne Idorenyin Akpan, an Instructor of Languages at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), said there is the need for teachers of English to be trained on how to impact quality English Language to students.
Her words : “A study carries out by researchers on English shows that most English teachers are not well-equipped for the job but rather what they will get.
“English Language is not our mother tongue so proper measure must be put in place to allow better understanding by the teachers.
“This training is coming at the nick of time, it is becoming very worrisome that some English teachers do not have regard for tenses.”
Akpan, who was one of the facilitators of the event, said the training would be an annual programme aimed at developing the teachers.
Ms. Caroline Ogbu, a participant, who spoke with our reporter said the workshop has further added to her knowledge of teaching.