By Usman Shuaibu
A university lecturer at the University of Abuja, Prof. Theresa Ohi Odumuh, has called on the Federal Government to equip the institutions of higher learning as well as secondary schools with relevant technological e-teaching resources in order to enrich students’ instructional experiences.
He also charged the Government to give the necessary attention to the capacity building of English Language teachers in schools.
Odumuh, who made the call while presenting the 40th inaugural lecture of the University of Abuja with the theme “Teaching English as a Second Language: The Pedagogical Trends”, held at the Faculty of Management Sciences lecture Theater. She further urged the English Language teachers to deem it necessary to develop their capacity or knowledge in English Language.
Her words: “English Language teachers should endeavour to make learning English Language fun and eliminating psychological fears of examination in the learners by granting them freedom to exercise their creative powers in communication through interactive and interesting activities.”
She said: “The culture of English as a Second Language teacher collaboration and sharing of professional experiences regarding classroom practices should be promoted within schools and beyond using professional learning communities”.
Odumuh, who is a Professor of Language Education, however, thanked the Almighty God and the management of the University for giving her an opportunity to present the inaugural lecture, noted that inaugural lecture is a unique day in the life of a scholar.
On his part, the Vice-chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah, congratulated the Inaugural Lecture Committee for its unrelenting effort in making sure that they keep to the tradition of the inaugural lecture.
The inaugural lecture featured the presentation of plaque to the inaugural lecturer by the representative of the Vice-chancellor.