ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

A competency-based approach is adopted for the centre’s Yorùbá proficiency programmes with emphasis on interpersonal communication structured around the four skills, namely, speaking, reading, listening and writing.  The participants also engage in various activities such as  individual presentations and practice sessions, skits, conversations, role plays, language table, weekend educational trips on Saturdays to places of cultural and historical significance for Yorùbá culture and for Nigerians more generally, outdoor classes, etc., for the purpose of engaging in communication with Yorùbá native speakers, and specific co-curricular activities including film series and guest lectures designed to maximize the exposure of participants to Nigerian culture.

The centre also organizes workshops on the teaching of Yorùbá as a foreign and a second language focusing on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational mode of communication, curriculum development, lesson planning, class control and management, and other best principles of effective language teaching.

Thus far, the centre has successfully hosted American Council’s Yorùbá Language Flagship programme from September 2010 – May 2011, the AFLI programme from September 2011 – December 2011, September 2012 – December 2012, September 2013 – December 2013, the Fulbright Hays Yorùbá GPA Summer Programme from June 2013 – August 2013, and private students within and outside Nigeria..