DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Department of English was one of the earliest departments created at the establishment of Adeyemi College of Education in 1964. The Department mounted courses leading to the award of the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE). In 1984, when the College assumed the status of degree awarding, the department was also upgraded to offer courses leading to the award of Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Education (B.A. Ed.).
The Department offers the single major wherein students combine English with other subjects like Social Studies, History, Geography, Christian Religious Studies, Islamic Religious Studies, Primary Education Studies, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba etc.
Since inception, quite a great number of scholars have worked in the Department. The recent ones that can be mentioned include the Late Profs David Oke, Olu Aboderin and Dele Orisawayi, Wale Osisanwo, Demola Dasylva, G.G. Darah, Wale Adegbite, Drs. Mary David, Ojo Olorunleke, Niyi Ayeomoni, Niyi Amuseghan, Bayo Afolabi, Steve Fatusin among others.
At present, the Ddepartment has a staff strength of twenty lecturers and three administrative workers consisting of seven Chief Lecturers – Dr. (Mrs.) Y.O.O. Akorede, Dr. Y.M. Ogunsiji, Mrs. A.O. Olajuyigbe, Mr. O.O. Olaluwoye, Dr. R.O. Farinde, Mr. S.Y. Olugbamigbe and Dr. J.O. Ojo; Four Principal Lecturers – Dr. R. Jimoh, Mr. S.O. Dare, Mr. C.O. Adebiyi and Mr. A.O. Bernard; Six Lecturer II Officers – M.A. Adegbite, T.O. Adesanmi, J.O. Olaseinde, C.A. Ogazie, T.J. Adegoke and Mrs. H.I. Adhuze and three Lecturer III officers – L.L. Asowata, C.A. Adeniranye and O.O. Awosika.
The philosophy of the Department is based on the fact that modern man can hardly contemplate, plan or affect life without the instrument of language. The status of English language in the contexts of contemporary world politics, education, commerce, technology and socialization puts the study of English language at the epicentre of virtually all levels of educational pursuit. The spoken language defines personality to a large extent in Nigeria today. For the teacher, the preacher, the politician and a host of other professionals, competence in communicating ideas defines his credibility.
The Department of English has the aim of situating the Nigerian undergraduate within the orbits of the linguistic requirements of the society. This is done through the provision of language training needs for teachers at the primary and lower secondary school levels in the first instance. The department also prepares students for remedial programmes to facilitate their success in public examinations like the SSCE, NECO and UTME. This is done through the mounting and assessment of courses in core language, literature and use of English for students at the preliminary, NCE and Degree levels.
Apart from the normal teaching exercise, the department trains students in drama and theatrical practices to provide them with alternative skills acquisition in life. The department has been responsible for the command performances of the College Convocation and other ceremonial plays since inception.
Staffs of the Department have also occupied other areas of service in the College such as Deputy Provost, Deans and Directors, Acting Librarian, Coordinators, Chairman of Committees and Panels etc.
The Department has a student population of over one thousand in both the degree and NCE programmes. The Department has produced alumni that have risen to the rank of Professors; Chief Lecturers, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Captains of Industries and six of the former students are part of the twenty lecturers in the Department, two of whom have risen to the height of Chief Lecturers.
It is worthy of note that the English Department was one of the few Departments that the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) gave the “go-ahead” to begin their degree programme in 1982. By 1984/85 session the Department succeeded in establishing an academic journal titled JOURNAL OF ENGLISH STUDIES with Prof. Yemi Aboderin as the Editor-in-Charge and Prof. Wale Osisanwo as the Business Manager while Prof. Dele Orisawayi was the Head of Department.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
Modern man can hardly contemplate communal life without the instrument of language. Performance in language, especially spoken language defines personality. For the teacher, his credibility is anchored on his competence in communicating ideas and stimulating learning through the use of Language. Articulate and adroit teachers win the hearts of their students or pupils.
In relation to English Language, the centrality of its importance as a language of unity, Prestige, social accommodation and mobility and inter-ethnic relations in the country cannot be wished away. Though a foreign language, it is the indisputable official language at the three tiers of government in Nigeria. It is therefore assumed that learning and teaching of English will make the products of the process (our students/graduates) academically and socially functional and relevant beyond the frontiers of their individual ethnic groups within the country and internationally. Literature, on the other hand, is generally known to be language applied. It is known also to embody the totality of the world view of a people – social and political formations, fears, anxieties, aspiration etc. Studying a language without its literature is known to be a
OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
The Department intends to:
· produce teachers of English for the primary and secondary levels of our educational system,
· turn out students (graduates) who are competent in the actual use of English for communicative purposes,
· emphasize the development of students in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, so as to become confident and competent in the use of English,
· produce students who are grounded and interested in literary appreciation and other critical works,
· produce graduate who apart from being effective teachers of English in primary and secondary schools, are adequately prepared for further studies in the different academic disciplines in English,
· turn out versatile graduates with adaptive potentials for job flexibility and diverse life exigencies.
The Department of English houses two publications: Journal of English Studies (Journal) and Contemporary Topics and Issues in Language and Literature for Nigerian Undergraduates (Textbook). The College “Use of English” text was equally domiciled in the Department until 2012/2013 academic session.
SOME OF THE TEXTBOOKS AUTHORED BY THE ACADEMIC STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT
Adebiyi, C.O. (2010). Speech Writing: A Text. Ibadan: Alafas Publishers
Akorede, Y.O. (2012) Gender Theories and Dialectics. Ibadan: Divine Oaks Prints.
Akorede, Y.O. (2011). Womanism and the Intra-Gender Conflict Theory. Porto-Nove:
Akorede, Y.O. and Asiyanbola, A.A. (eds) (2010). The Femist-Womanist Dialectics: A
Critical Source Book. A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Mrs. Akachi Adimora
Ezeigbo. Porto-Novo: Sonou Press.
Farinde, R.O. (2008). Forensic Linguistics: An Introduction to the Study of Language and
the Law. Ago-Iwoye: Olabisi Onabanjo University Press.
Farinde, R.O. and Ojo, J.O. (2005). Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Ibadan: Lektay
Jimoh, R. (2010). A Descriptive Survey of the English Grammar. Ibadan: Alafas
Ogunsiji, Y. and Farinde, R.O. (2010). Analytical Linguistics. Ago-Iwoye: Olabisi
Onabanjo University Press.
Ojo, J.O. (2011). A Contemporary Functional Grammar of English. Ago-Iwoye: Olabisi
Onabanjo University Press.
The Department of English runs Pre-NCE, NCE and Degree Programmes.
List of NCE Combinations Available in the Department
ii. English/Social Studies
iv. English/Christian Religious Studies
viii. English/Early Childhood Care Education
ix. English/Islamic Religious Studies