Bring Back French to Curriculum, Lecturers Tell NUC

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University French Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (UFTAN) have enjoined the National Universities Commission (NUC) to bring back French Language as a General Studies (GST) Course in its new Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) for universities.

In a report issued during its 24th Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Nigeria French Language Village, Badagry, Lagos State, and signed by UFTAN President, Prof. Mufutau A. Tijani, and Secretary, Prof. Richard Ajah, the group commended the efforts of the French Embassy in facilitating the teaching and learning of French in Nigeria and the cordial relationship with the Nigeria French Language Village.

It reads: “UFTAN strongly urges all departments of French in all Nigerian universities to continue to send their students to the Nigeria French Language Village (NFLV) for the mandatory Language Immersion Programme.”

Prof. Joseph Nwabueze Obinaju of University of Uyo gave the keynote address which was titled, “Emerging Trends in French Language Studies in Nigeria today,” while Prof. Victor O. Aire of University of Jos gave the lead paper which was titled, “Remembering UFTAN’S Fallen Heroes (1997 – 2023).”

The theme for the 25th UFTAN Conference/AGM is, “French Teaching in Nigeria in a Digital Age; Challenges and Prospects,” and the event will be held at the University of Jos, Plateau State.

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