Research-Driven Teaching for More Effective Learning of African Languages
Research and teaching are two complementary, critical educational activities. Their synergic blend produces a progressive society. One area that should attract effective research and teaching is the mother tongue, which is vital for intellectual development. Man’s mother tongue shapes his world view and moderates his activities in life. If not in adequate possession of his mother tongue, his personality may never be balanced. He may mature into an adult that would look at his society’s problems with inappropriate mental frame always. Thus, Africans are getting more and more interested in the development of the indigenous languages. They hope that language education backed with appropriate teaching and research would strengthen the languages. Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between teaching and research and the development of African languages. Colonial languages have grossly disadvantaged the indigenous languages of Africa for long, relegating them in education and other spheres of public life. This situation is unacceptable. Hence, this paper examines it critically and suggests research and teaching strategies that may help in redressing it.
Keywords: Research-Driven; Teaching; Effective Learning; African Languages