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A Global Evaluation of the Teaching and Learning of Yorùbá Language as a Second or Foreign Language
Akinloye Ojo
116-120 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The prominence of the Yorùbá language and culture is growing at home and abroad as more people all over the world are opting to learn the language and embrace Yoruba values and beliefs. There is a resulting high level of theoretical investigation on the language, and the teaching of the language and culture to non-natives is now a viable and growing professional field in Nigeria (as part of the national language policy), in the African Diaspora (as part of their African heritage) and in the rest of the world (as part of foreign language education). The acquisition of Yoruba language and culture has thus become a global spectacle, making the papers in this section by language pedagogists and applied linguistcs concerned with the acquisition of Yoruba by non-native speakers quite timely and direly needed. The first step to our understanding of the globalization of the Yoruba language and culture is the evaluation of the status of teaching Yoruba as a foreign or second language at home and abroad. The papers in this section provide discussions of the practical experiences with programming and language acquisition from Nigeria, Europe and America at the teacher training and the university levels, including the challenges of pioneering a Yoruba language program at an historically black university in the US.

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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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