Some alumni of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme, sponsored by the United States Government, on Thursday concluded a four-day workshop for English Language teachers in primary schools from Ondo and Oyo states.
The workshop, tagged, ‘A Communicative Approach to English Language Instruction’, held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State and Abraham Adesanya College of Education, Oyo Town, Oyo State between January 17 and 25.
The FLTA Alumni, under the aegis of the Fulbright Language Scholars Association of Nigeria, received a public diplomacy grant from the United States Consulate- General in Lagos to train 200 teachers drawn from public and private schools in the two states.
Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate-General, Ms. Darcy Zotter, explained that the workshop was aimed at providing the participants with new ideas and 21st century skills needed to teach English Language in elementary schools.
She said, “The US Government exchange alumni have been at the forefront of promoting access to qualitative education, good governance and civic engagement throughout Nigeria.
“They have strong ties to their communities and with the support of the US Mission, create and execute projects to address specific needs, including basic education.
“Our support for this project demonstrates the government’s continuing commitment to the education sector and English teaching and learning in Nigeria.”
Also, the General Secretary, Fulbright Language Scholars Association, Ms. Oladoyin Abiona, said the group hopes to build a professional network of elementary English Language teachers for knowledge sharing. “Our overall objective is to facilitate the advancement of education in Nigeria,” she said.