LANGUAGES VILLAGES IN NIGERIA
There are four institutions involved in language activities in Nigeria. These are: The Nigeria French Language Village which is involved in building the capacity of Nigerians, stakeholders, legislators, public servants and private individuals in the French Language. The Nigeria Arabic Language Village: In Nigeria which addresses the issue of Arabic language culture. Then there is the Institute of Nigeria Languages in Aba, which deals with teachers’ capacity building, to provide capacity for teachers to cope with teaching Nigeria languages in schools or to cope with teaching teacher educators. Finally, there is the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council’s Language Development Centre which promotes the Nigerian languages.
NIGERIAN FRENCH LANGUAGE VILLAGE (NFLV), BADAGRY, LAGOS, www.nflvportal.com.
The Nigeria French Language Village is an autonomous institution under the ambit of the National University Commission (NUC). It is an inter – University center for French Studies
Courses and programmes offered at the village include:
1. University undergraduate courses,
2. NCE Courses
3. Diploma programmes
4. Postgraduate Diploma in Bilingual Secretaryship
5. Post graduate diploma in translation
NIGERIAN ARABIC LANGUAGE VILLAGE (NALV) NGALA, BORNO.
The Nigeria Arabic Language Village (NALV), Ngala was established in 1992 as an Inter-University Centre for Arabic Studies, under the tutelage of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and National Universities Commission (NUC) for the study of Arabic. It was basically established to phase out the one-year study abroad for undergraduate students of Arabic in the country’s universities. Its intakes include:
a) Students of Arabic in universities,
b) Colleges of education and
c) Secondary schools; as well as
d) Public and private sector workers.
e) It also offers consultancy services in various areas of its specialisation.
Created alongside the Nigeria French Language Village (NFLV), Badagry and National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba, NALV runs the following programs:
1. Immersion programmes for university undergraduates;
2. Acculturation for students of colleges of education;
3. Intensive Arabic course for interested Nigerians;
4. Language transition services;
5. Biennial workshops for Arabic teachers in primary and secondary schools;
6. Seminars, conferences and workshops;
7. Arabic mass literacy programme;
8. Special programmes on request;
9. Diploma Programme in Arabic and
10. Consultancy services.
The school’s location is in Ngala, a town in Borno State , which shares borders with Chad and Cameroon. The Federal Government chose Ngala because its inhabitants and others around them are Shuwa-Arabs and native speakers of a dialect of Arabic. This was expected to be a boost for students as the case is with French Village , located close to Benin Republic . A part of the training is close and dynamic exposure to the speakers of the language and their culture, particularly during guided tours to the market place, the farms, surrounding towns and during social activities.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR NIGERIAN LANGUAGES (NINLAN) ABA , ABIA.
The Federal Government established the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba, Abia State in order to help in the production and development of Nigerian languages.