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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2019 VOL. 3(1), Pp. 1 - 12, © APRIL 2019

AN ASSESSMENT OF FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM: A CASE STUDY OF ODEDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OGUN STATE
Adeyinka, Modupe Beatrice
French Language Department, Federal College of Education, P. M. B. 2096, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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ABSTRACT
Despite the introduction of French as a foreign language/compulsory subject in Nigerian educational system and as a second official language of the nation, it is still observed that there exists few usage of French as a communication tool in the country especially during cross border trade. It thus became pertinent to assess the teaching of French as a foreign language in Nigeria, using Odeda Local Government Area as a case study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. 30 junior secondary schools were randomly selected in Odeda LGA, from which 50 teachers of French were selected using the total enumeration sampling technique. Teachers’ Assessment of the Teaching of French Questionnaire-TATFQ (r=0.87) was used for data collection and data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics of frequency type, mean, percentages and standard deviation. Findings revealed that insufficient availability of French teachers in the school is affecting the teaching of French; adequate instructional materials play innumerable roles in the teaching of French; and that time allocated for French affects teachers’ performance in teaching French language as a foreign language in Nigerian schools. Based on these findings, it was recommended that government and school owners should employ more qualified teachers of French and provide more instructional materials. School administrators should also endeavor to allocate time to the teaching and learning of French language as commensurate to its importance in Nigeria.

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2019 VOL. 3(1), Pp. 13 - 28, © APRIL 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTANAIBLE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN ONDO STATE: THE ROLES OF SCHOOL COMMUNITY
(A case study of Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State)
OLUKEMI A. FUNMILAYO and EMMANUEL O. AKINFISOYE
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ONDO, NIGERIA.
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ABSTRACT
The paper examined the roles of school community in environmental protection. Some of the environmental problems in the study areas were identified, while the causes were also evaluated. The perception and level of participation of schools in environmental protection was examined in the paper. Data were collected mainly from primary source. The primary data was collected by means of structured questionnaire. The instrument was administered on 120 students and 40 members of staff in 8 selected secondary schools in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. T-test statistical tool was used in analysing the result in order to show whether the formulated hypothesis should be accepted or rejected. The result of the findings showed that there is a significant difference between the level of education and participation in environmental protection based on gender, school type, status and school location. Conclusively, the paper advocated among others, the enlightenment of school community on the dangers of environmental hazards on man and his physical environment as well as on teaching and learning process. A participatory and school community based environmental education team designed with the youth in mind should be introduced in schools.

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2019 VOL. 3(1), Pp. 29 - 41, © APRIL 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE AND PALM KERNEL PRODUCTION IN ONDO STATE
OMOSUYI O. BUKOLA and EMMANUEL O. AKINFISOYE
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ONDO, NIGERIA.
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ABSTRACT
There is an increasing awareness that the climate is changing and its changing impact has been significant on agricultural produce. This change is posing a major threat to agricultural development in Nigeria. Oil palm cultivation is one of the major cash crops in Ondo state. The production of palm kernel which is also a product of oil palm over the years has been marked with fluctuation which could be attributed to the change in climate over the years. This study made use of secondary data which included data on climatic variable (mean annual temperature, mean annual rainfall and mean annual humidity) and palm kernel output from 1976 – 2016. Trend analysis was used to display climatic variables and palm kernel production. Also, regression analysis was used to evaluate the effect of the climatic variables on palm kernel production. Trend analysis reveals fluctuations in climatic variables and palm kernel output over the years of study. Regression analysis shows that there is a positive relationship between mean annual temperature and palm kernel yield. Similarly, mean annual rainfall has a positive but weak linear relationship with palm kernel output. On the other hand mean annual relative humidity shows an inverse relationship with palm kernel production. For a sustainable palm kernel production, it is recommended that both governmental and non-governmental organizations should employ more extension agents to guide and enlighten palm kernel farmers on the use of different palm tree chemicals and seed varieties that can cope with different climatic conditions.

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2019 VOL. 3(1), Pp. 42 - 45, © APRIL 2019

PSYCHO-SOCIAL FACTORS AS PREDICTORS OF STUDENTS’ LEARNING OUTCOMES IN YORUBA LANGUAGE VALUE CONCEPTS AMONG PUBLIC SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN IBADAN
Adeyemi Abiodun ADEYINKA and Yemisi Omolola ILESANMI
DEPARTMENT OF ART AND SOCIAL SCIENCES EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN, NIGERIA.
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ABSTRACT
This study investigated the extent to which the selected psycho-social factors (self-esteem and home background) could predict students’ learning outcomes in value concepts in Yoruba language. This study adopted descriptive survey design. A total of 1000 senior secondary II students proportionately selected from 20 secondary schools in randomly selected five LGA’s in Ibadan, Nigeria were the respondents. Four research questions were raised and answered. The instruments used were: Self-Esteem Scale (r=.76); Home Background Scale (r= .94); Attitude to Value Concepts in Yoruba (r=.94); and Achievement Test in Yoruba Value Concepts (r= .86) using test-retest. Data generated was analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency counts, mean and standard deviation as well as inferential statistics of multiple regressions. The findings showed that there was a positive relationship between self-esteem and students’ achievement. Home background was positively related to students’ attitude to value concepts in Yoruba. Composite contribution of self-esteem and home background was not significant; contributing 8.4% of the variation in students’ achievement while the composite contribution of self-esteem and home background to students’ attitude was significant; contributing 13.3% of its variation. The relative contribution of self-esteem to students’ achievement was significant while the relative contribution of home background to students’ attitude was significant. Self-esteem predicted students’ achievement while home background predicted students’ attitude to value concepts in Yoruba. It is recommended that indigenous knowledge and right values be inculcated in children and enabling environment provided to sustain the values. The study had thus revealed that psychosocial factors are students’ personal factors that could render emphasis on the cognitive aspect of learning ineffective if not adequately taken care of.

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS (IJCA)
ISSN 2536-7110 © 2019 VOL. 3(2), Pp. 1 - 13, © JUNE 2019

PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AND E-LEARNING TOWARDS NATION BUILDING IN NIGERIA
Ekeke, O. K. M
Department of Igbo, Federal College of Education (FCE), Abeokuta. P.M.B 2096 Abeokuta, Ogun State,
Nigeria.
Corresponding Email: E.augustine@cgair.org
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ABSTRACT
The languages spoken in Nigeria do not only play significant roles in the socio-political life of the country, but also help in no small measure to unify or integrate the country that is so much diverse in all spheres of life. In realizing these multiplicities of roles, the languages play in the country, the Government instituted and enacted a policy called language policy to control and plan the use, teaching and learning of the various languages that we have in the country. The academic industry has found e-learning very useful in problem solving. The teaching and learning of indigenous languages are not left out in this global trend as it will not only advance the literacy progression of mankind but also brings about various ethnic groups together as a state. The indigenous languages, no doubt, have their own brigade of problems, amongst which are codification and standardization problems. However, the Government policy on the use, teaching and learning of these languages is bedeviled with a lot of problems which range from inadequate materials and personnel to handle the teaching of the recommended ones in the policy to socio – political problems initiated and propagated by the various groups in the country. It is thus recommended that the Government of the Federation should revisit the policy on languages in the country, rework it to accommodate the socio/politico-cultural differences and realities of the nation in order that the country may tap and enjoy the intent benefits of the multiplicity of languages and cultures that the nation is endowed with.
Keywords: Indigenous language; E-learning; Problems; Prospect; Nation Building


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