Professor Adeleke Adelekan Fakoya Delivering his lecture at the Lagos State University (LASU) 68th inaugural lecture titled “what does this babbler want to say?”

 

By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos

***Fakoya Encourage Students to study Linguistics, says Linguistics students have global opportunity for Employment

As part of his efforts towards getting good returns on expenditure on Education at all stages, a professor of Applied Linguistics, Educational sociolinguistics and cyber Discourse faculty of arts, Professor Adeleke Adelekan Fakoya has called on the government to ask educationists, researchers and university professors in relevant disciplines to submit proposals on pedagoic content, methodological competence, communication skills, technological know-how and emotional intelligence as often as possible as they relate to the practice of education in schools.

Fakoya proposed that Linguistics is intricately woven to so many other disciplines that give it wider meaning and application adding that Linguistics Students have a global opportunity for employment

Delivering his Lecture today titled “What does this babbler want to say” at the Lagos State University (LASU) 68th inaugural lecture, held at the University’s auditorium, Fakoya urged the management of the University to make the training of the administrative staff part of its annual strategic plan

“The management should give more encouragement to the staff and students as regards matters that can enhance self-worth and higher output. Build well-appointed offices for the staff, better equipped classrooms for the students and varied recreational facilities for both.”

According to Fakoya, Babbling is a stage in child development and a state in language acquisition during which an infant appears to be experimenting with uttering articulate sounds, but does not yet produce any recognizable words.

The definition he said, illustrate what we all underwent as we progressed from one class or phrase to another during our primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Fakoya gave reasons for student’s unthinkingly performance in semester examinations, he stated that many university lecturers in Nigeria suffer from three distinct pathologies namely; marginality of knowledge, researcher narcissism, multimedia-ocrity

Furthermore, he stated that the students on the other hand have become severally laid back in their response to the opportunities guaranteed by 21st century technology and it’s relevance to education and learning adding that universities administrators ought to device strategies to cure many students of three socially induced pathologies which he named as Amnesia, Fantasia and Inertia

“Many of our University lecturers have what may be justifiably called teaching disabilities and our students, learning disabilities”

Providing solutions to disuse of English Language, he advised that everyone should improve their written and spoken English, read at least one novel in a month. Ensure that the novel is written by a model user of English.

Speaking on globalization and the babelization of English, he said that the concept of globalization reflects the sense of an immense enlargement of world of communication, as well as the horizon of a world market.

“it is that immense enlargement of world of communication as well as of the horizon of a world market” that led to colonisation and which forms the roots of what’s today regarded as New Englishes.” he said

Fakoya cited Richard Nordquist definition of New Englishes, he said New Englishes refers to regional and national varieties of the English language used in places where it is not the mother tongue of the majority of the population.

Speaking on the importance of Inaugural lectures, he said inaugural lectures are a central part of university academic life, they are held to commemorate the inaugural lecturer’s appointment to full professorship.

LASU’s first indigenous Professor of English, Prof Fakoya was born in 1961, he is one of the most respected scholars of English Language in Nigeria.