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Teaching an African Language and Culture in a Changing European Environment: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives
George Alao
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This paper examines the achievements, challenges and perspectives of teaching an African language and culture (Yoruba) in France's Paris-based Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), within the context of a changing Europe. The Learner, the Teacher and the Methods are aspects considered in the first part of the evaluation. In the second, using illustrations from experiences at INALCO, the paper discusses factors limiting research in the domain, in spite of recent growth and development of Yoruba language teaching and learning. Finally, with the recent introduction of educational reforms in an increasingly "Eurocentric" European Union, the author discusses perspectives and strategies for teaching and/or learning Yoruba, or any other African language for that matter, in tomorrow's Europe.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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