ALVAN IKOKU FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, OWERRI, IMO STATE, NIGERIA

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES (ICES)

CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D’ETUDES ANGLAISES (CIEA)


GENERAL INFORMATION

One of the academic nerve centres of West Africa is the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, situated in Owerri, the capital of Imo State Nigeria. It was established in 1963 and it has a current student population of about twelve thousand (12,000). It also possesses an academic staff population of over five hundred (500) that are among the best in Nigeria in terms of qualification and experience. The Institution has the following academic programmes:

  • Degree programme in different subject areas leading to the award of Bachelor degree (B.A./B.Sc/Ed);
  • Professional diploma in Education (PDE)
  • Nigeria Certificate in Education (N.C.E) programme in different subject areas;
  • Pre-NCE-programmes in different subjects including the Special Science Programme (SSP);
  • The International Centre for English Studies (I.C.E.S.) programme.

The A.I.F.C.E is, in fact, a point of reference for Institutions of similar standing on the Continent of Africa. Part of the UNESCO report on the Institution reads:

The Alvan Ikoku College of Education occupies a special position among the Teacher Education projects with which the organization has been associated in Nigeria. The rapidity of growth of the College on a solid base, its receptivity to new educational theory and practice, together With its capacity for absorption of external assistance are exemplary. With government’s approval, we would wish to include this College among the innovative institutions of Africa, thus making it a point of reference for others to turn to.

 

The INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES (ICES) is part of this desire to initiate new educational theory and practice. The Centre was commissioned by Prof. A. B. Fafunwa on August 10, 1992 with an initial in­take of Seventy-three (73) students drawn from various Francophone West African Countries to undertake an intensive English Language course for one session. The general objective of the Centre is to enable students to attain proficiency in the English Language for different purposes. The Centre has a number of programmes towards the attainment of this objective:

  • The Centre prepares students for the Joint Matriculation Examination (JME/JAMB) for students wishing to gain admission to Nigerian Universities.

 

  • It prepares Graduate Students who wish to attain proficiency in the English language to enable them to undertake post-graduate studies in Nigerian Universities.

 

  • The Centre provides a short-term programme designed for business men and women, tourists, lecturers, Embassy staff and other categories of people for the general purpose of attaining proficiency in the English language.

 

The Centre insists on unity of professionalism and individuality in a programme of courses that assures success. Thus the Centre stresses the optimum conception and realization of language courses, a friendly class atmosphere and a one-to-one guidance. All the courses have the following characteristics: qualified and experienced teaching staff; progressive teaching methods; modern instructional media; course and homework materials designed for each class; a motivating yet relaxed learning atmosphere; rapid progress through the consistent introduction of the English-speaking Nigerian surroundings into the courses; an accompanying programme which integrates the Nigerian culture through excursions and individual assistance in scholastic and extra scholastic affairs.

 

ADMISSION

We admit students with O Level result or its equivalent in any non English speaking country for those wishing to further their studies in any Nigerian university or any university in any English speaking country. We also admit students with or with O level results for those wishing to do business in any country where English is their official language. Admission forms are obtainable from the College on the payment of the prescribed fees.   (www.alvanikoku.edu.ng) E-mail: ices@alvanikoku.edu.ng

 

FACILITIES AVAILABLE

The Centre has a well-equipped laboratory for language teaching.

Language Lab.

It also has film projectors and overhead transparencies.

 

Visual Lab.

Library facilities are also provided.

The major library of the institution in addition to the departmental libraries of the, Department of English language and literature and Department of French, are also available for use.

 

Teaching Practice Lab.

 

School Library.

 

Digital library                                                                        

 

Classroom

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Students are offered accommodation by the college in the students’ hostels. Feeding arrangements are also made for them. On pay as you eat bases As much as possible the students mix up with their Nigerian counterparts to enable them to learn English as quickly as possible. Students are also accommodated in friendly guest families.  (Picture)

Basketball pitch.

 

Football pitch.                                                                          

        

IMMIGRATION

Students are expected to have up-to-date passport and visas before registration.

However, the College may offer assistance to Students on immigration matters when necessary

 

FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

Excursions to places of interest are arranged for students from time to time. The college also has a programme for family integration whereby students are sent to different homes to spend weekends. Contentment in the extra-curricular parts of life is a prerequisite for the learning of a new language. Of course the town of Owerri and its premier institution offer the participants a wide variety of activities. A part of the Centre’s services in the scholastic and extra-scholastic spheres is the fulfillment of individual cultural or educational needs as well as social contact. Thus we arrange visits to the city of Owerri, take excursions, visit museums, exhibitions, and tourist centres within the region. In the evenings, visits to the theatre or concerts are offered and the Centre appreciates self-initiative at school parties or other activities. There are equally whole day excursions to places that enlighten the participants to cultural, economic and socio-political facts about Africa.

 

FEES

The fees charged by the Institution for the numerous and complex activities at the Centre are moderate. At the moment the fees for one year is pegged at N51, 500.00 (Fifty one thousand five hundred naira. The fees make it possible for the participant to:

  1. use the library facilities
  2. secure accommodation in the college premises
  3. procure an identity card
  4. enjoy moderate medical attention
  5. be taken on some excursion trips
  6. use the library
  7. Use the facilities of the institution for sports.

 

SPONSORSHIP

Students may be self-sponsored or sponsored by Government Agencies.

HEALTH FACILITIES

Students at the International Centre for English Studies use the Medical facilities of the Institution. The medical officers and nurses are professionals who possess adequate experience for both normal medical problems and emergencies. In addition, the location of the Centre in an Institution which is in the capital city of one of Nigeria’s most vibrant States makes it possible for further medical attention to be secured at the Government Specialist hospital.              (Picture medical centre)

ALVAN IKOKU FEDERALCOLLEGE OF EDUCATION, OWERRI

IMO STATE NIGERIA

 

 

CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D ETUDES ANGLAISES (CIEA)

 

 

INFORMATIONS GENERALES SUR LE CENTRE

L’un des centres-nerveux académiques de l’ Afrique de l’ Ouest est l’ Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, situé á Owerri, la capitale de 1’etat de’Imo au Nigeria. Etabli en 1963, sa population actuelle d’etudiants s’élève environ á douze mille (12,000). II possède aussi un effectif enseignant de plus de cinq cents (500) qui sqnt parmi les meilleurs au Nigéria pa rapport à leur competence et leur experience. L’institution dispose des programmes académiques suivants:

  • programmes de licence dans plusieurs domaines menant à 1’obtention de la licence ès lettres en pédagogic (B.A./Ed.), licence ès science en pédagpgie (B.Se./Ed.),

 

  • Le diplôme de ‘Nigeria Certificate in Education(N.C.E.) dans differeates matières.

 

  • Les programmes de pré-N.C.E; dans différentes matiéres y compris le programme spécial pour l’étude de science (PSS)

 

  • Le programme du Centre International d’Etudes Anglaises (C.I.E.A.).

 

L’ A.I.F.C.E. est en effet un point de repère pour les Institutions du même genre dans le continent d’Afrique,, Voiia line partie du rapport de 1’UNESCO sur 1’Institution:

L’Alvan Ikoku College of Education tient une place spéciale parmi les projets pour la formation des enseignants avec lesquels L’Organisation a été associée au Nigeria. Le dévelopment du Collége sur une base solice, sa réceptivité de nouvelles théories et pratiques pédagogiqes’, ainsi que sa capacité pour 1’aborption d’aide externe sont dignes d’exemple. Avec 1’approbation du gouvernment, nous aimerions ajouter ce College parmi les institutions innovatrice d’ Afrique, le rendant ainsi un point de repère pour les autres.

LE CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D’ETUDES ANGLAISES

Fait partie de ce désir d’initier de nouvelles théories et pratiques pédagogiques. L’Honorable ancien Ministre d’Education, le Prof. A.B. Fafunwa a inauguré le centre le 10 aout, 1992 avec une inscription initiale de soixante-treize (73) étudiants tirés de plusieurs pays francophones de S Afrique de 1’ouest pour suivre des cours intensifs dsAnglais pour une année scolaire.

Le but général du centre est d’aider les étudiants à atteindre une maîtrise de la langue anglaise pour des buts drffeYents.   I.e Centre dispose d’un certain nombre de programmes pour I’accotnptisseinent de cet objectif.

  • Le centre prépare les etudiants à passer le concourse d’immatriculation aux université Nigerianes (JME) organise par le JAMB.

 

  • II prépare les licenciés qui veulent atteindre une maîtrise de la langtte aiaglaise leur permettant d’entreprendre des éludes plus élevées dans les Universités Nigér

 

  • Le centre fournit ua programme de couite durée destiné aux: hommes et femmes d’affaires, touristes, enseignants, personnels des Ambassades et aux autres catégories de gens, qui veulent atteindre une maîtrise de la langue

Le centre insiste sur une harmonie de professionalisme et d’individualité dans un programme de eours qui assure le succés. Ainsi le centre met-il 1’accent sur 1’optimum dans la cenceptualisation et la réalisation de cours de langue, une ambiance amicale dans la classe et une direction pour chaque étudiant. Tons les cours possédent les caractéristiques suivantes: un corps de personnel enseignant quaiitié et expérimenté; des methodes d’enseignant progressives; des moyens modernes d’instruction; des matériels de cours el de devoir programmés pour chaque classe; une ambiance d’enseignement à la fois détendue et motivante, un progrés rapide dũa 1’introduction systématique des environements anglophones du Nigéria; un programme supplemeataire qui intégre la culture Nigeriane à travers des excursions et 1’aide individuelle en matiéres scolaires et extra-scolaires.

 

ADMISSION

Les formulaires d’admission s’obtiennent au college sur paiement des frais préscits.

LES FACILITÉS DISPONIBLES

Le centre dispose d’un laboratoire bien équipé pour 1’enseignement de langue. II a aussi des projecteurs de films et des diapositives. Les services de bibliothéques sont fournis. La grande biblothéque de 1’institution ainsi que celles du département de Littérature, des Départements d’Anglais et de Francais sont di sponsibles.

L’HEBERGEMENT

Les étudiants sont logés parle collége dans les pavilions d’étudiants. II y a des restaurants pour les étudiants. Autant que possible les étudiants du centre s’intégrent dans les activités de leurs camarades nigérians pour leur permettre d’apprendre 1’anglais aussi rapidement que possibe. Les étudiants sont logés aussi dans des families accueilantes.

L’lMMIGRATION

II est-prevu que les étudiants se minissent de passeports et de visas en cours de validité avante de s’incrire au programme. Néanmoins, le collége peut venir à 1’aide des étudiants en matiére d’immigration si besoin est.

TRAVAUX EN PLEIN AIR ET EXCURSIONS

Les excursions aux lieux d’intéret sont organisées de temps en temps pour les étudiants. Le collége a aussi un programme d’intégration en fammille par lequel les étudiants sont envoyés à passer des week-ends avec des familles. Le contentement dans la vie socio-culturalle constitue une nécessité préalable pour I’apprentissage d’une nouvellc langue. Bien entendu la ville d’Owerri et sa première Institution offrent aux participants une grande variété d’activités. L’un des services du centre dans les domaines scolaires et extra-scolaires est raccomplissement des besoins culturels et éducatifs de 1’individu aussi bien que des contacts sociaux. Ainsi organise – 1 – 6n des visites a la ville d’Owerri, des excursions, des visites aux mus-ées, des participations aux exhibitions et des tours des lieux d’intérét touristiques dans la région. Les soirs, on assiste aux theâtres ou aux concerts. Le centre encourage aussi les initiatives chez les étudiants à organiser eux-memes des fêtes et d’autres activitiés. II y a également des excursions à des lieux qui élargissent l’horizon des participants et les exposent, à certains faits culturels, éconorniques et socio-politiques de l’Afriqe.

 

LES FRAIS

Les frai Les frais exigés par I’lnstitution pour les nombreuses et complexes activités du centre sont modérés. Les frais actuels s’élévent à N75,500.00 (cing milles naira) par an et N2000 (deux milles naira) pour trois mois. Les frais permettent au participant d’avoir accés:

Frais de scolarite’   = N51, 500.00.  Hebergement =  #19,000.00    Fiche de l’inscription et de traitement #5,000.00

  1. au logement dans les résidences d’étudiants
  2. à la procuration, d’une carte d’identité
  3. aux services médicaux d’une portée moyenne
  4. a la participation aux excursions et des travaux en plain air
  5. à 1’usage de la bibliothéques
  6. Aux toutes dispositions sportives du collé

 

PRISE EN CHARGE

Les étudiants peuvent se prendre en charge ou se font prendre en charge par des Agences governmentales.

LES FACILITÉS MEDICALES

Les etudiants du centre International d’Études Anglaiscs se servent des facilités médicales de I’lnstitution. Les médecins et les infirmiéres sont des professionnels qui possédent 1’expérience adéquate pour les problemés médicoux corrnaux et les cas d’urgency. En plus, 1’emplacement du centre dans une institutionisituée dans la capitale de 1’un des plus vibrants états du Nigeria permet d’obtenir davantage des soins médicaux  I’Hopital Spécialiste, du Government.

COURSES AVAILABLE

  1. A three-month intensive course in English language for General purposes leading to the award of a certificate of proficiency.
  2. A nine-month intensive course in English language leading to obtaining both the certificates of proficiency and adequate preparation for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAMB) and Graduate

 COURSES OFFERED

  1. Elementary English: For beginners of English Language.
  2. Intermediate English: Suitable for students in the College
  3. Advanced English: Designed for students in the universities.
  4. English for General Purposes: Designed for lecturers, businessmen and women, tourists etc.

Certificate Awarded:  Diploma in English Language.

– Time for Courses:   Courses are organized both during the academic year and holidays.

– Duration of Courses: 3-9 months

 INFORMATION ON COURSES OFFERED

  1. ICES 111 – Conversation

Topics treated include the following:

–  Introductions and greetings

–  Family idioms

–  Education idioms Current affairs

–  Vocabulary building

–  Talking about holidays and festivals

–  The home

–  Home town and people

–  Careers

–  Job interviewing

–  Transportation

–  Talking about trips

–   Sports

–   Politics.

 

  1. ICES 112 – Reading, Writing and Grammar
  • Reading passages on various fields of life g. adventure, music, sports, politics, careers, people, beliefs, judiciary, etc.
  • Writing: Spelling; punctuation; construction of sentences, e.g.
  • basic sentences patterns; compound sentences; complex sentences; compound – complex sentences;
  • Summary writing
  • Constructing the paragraph; Different types of paragraphs;
  • Common errors and their remedies.
  • Grammar: Topics treated in grammar include file following:
  • The parts of speech Plural formation in Nouns
  • Agreement in the sentence e.g. Subject – verb agreement; agreement with expressions of quantity; agreement irregularities; agreement with pronouns.
  • Tenses: The present progressive; the simple present; the past perfect; future expression; the future perfect;
  • Modal Auxiliaries and their uses
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Participles
  • The passive Clauses
  • The Direct and the Indirect speech
  • Showing Relationship between ideas,
  1. ICES 113 – Language Laboratory Practice.

The course consists of various drills aimed at familiarizing students with English sounds, stress, rhythm and intonation.

The drills include those on:

The vowels of English

The consonants of English

Stress in English and its uses

Intonation in English

Conversations.

ICES 114 – Nigerian Culture

  1. The Nigerian Nation

a.Brief history of the nation before Independence

b.Brief history of the nation from Independence till date.

c.The war years 1967 -1970

d.The creation of states -12 in (1967), 19 in (1976) 21 in (1987) and 1991 30 states.

2. The Party system – Multi-2 part system, NRC and SDP.

3. From tribe to ethnicity. Obsolete and contemptuous native of the word tribe;

4. The peoples – Languages about 400. The major ones: Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba.Population-88.5 million (pop census of 1991). The quadrilingual language policy.

5. Culture-what is it?

a. A way of life of people including their dress, and food habits: Occupations – cattle rearing, farming, crafts and industries.

b.There is diversity of culture in the country, but there are cultural indices that help to weld the nation together.

i. The money – naira

ii.The National Anthem

iii. The National Pledge

c. One central government vs. state governments. Dresses, food, Rulership system – Emirs, Obas, and Ezes.

6. Receiving a visitor to a Nigerian home: Greetings, Exchange of pleasantries.

7. Kola – Presentation, blessing and uses of kola.

8. Birth ceremonies

9. Burials and remembrances

10. Places of Cultural interests.

ICES 115 – Written Expression.

The aim of the course is to enable the student to achieve a high level of proficiency in written English for effective academic work, business transactions and social interaction.

Topics treated include the following:

a. The role of grammar in effective writing.

b. Qualities of good writing.

c. The paragraph

d. The sentence

e. The Descriptive Essay

f. The Narrative Essay

g. The Expository Essay

h. The Argumentative Essay

i. Reading for Effective writing

j. Letter-writing.

ICES 121 – Advanced Oral Conversation

Students practice idiomatic expressions and difficult grammatical   structures through self composed dialogues, questions and answers, oral reports about excursions, current affairs and readings. Emphasis is ou diction and fluency; opportunities to introduce guest speakers, give the vote of thanks and conduct social functions are built into the course to enable students to perform such social roles as they may be expected to play in Nigeria.

  1. Reading

Comprehension passages on various walks of life are studied. These passages provide material for language use and vocabulary study. Passages studied include the following:

–  Politics

 

–      Religion

 

–      War

 

–      Movies

 

–      The Church

 

–      Judiciary

 

–      Sports

 

–      Science

 

–      People

 

–      Nature

 

  1. Writing
  • Construction of sentences using vocabulary and structure from the reading passages.

 

  • Varying sentence patterns

 

  • Linking ideas in sentences

 

  • Revision of punctuation

 

  • Punctuating complex sentences.
  1. Grammar
  • Modal auxiliaries and their uses
  • More about tenses
  • More about clauses
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions and other ways of linking
  • Conditional sentences
  • Phrasal verbs and idioms
  • Exercises on Lexis and Structure

ICES 123 – Language Laboratory Practice

  • Conversations and drills on various topics including:
  • The airport –               Shopping
  • The customs –               Drinks
  • Immigrations –               Sports
  • Shopping
  • Foods
  • Sightseeing
  • Drills on intonation
  • Drills on stress

ICES 124: Introduction to Nigerian

  1. Review of Semester Courses
  2. Appraisal of 1st Semester courses and overview of 2nd Semester courses
  3. Marriage ceremonies
  • Courtship to marriage
  1. Bride price and Dowry
  • Their importance
  1. Childlessness, causes   and   Propitiation of the gods.
  2. Adjudication of cases – traditional versus
  3. Conversational practices Advantages of turn-taking.
  4. Important places of interest – Yankari, Baganda Hotel, Arochukwu, Oguta motel.
  5. Masquerades – Their roles in the society.
  6. Who is a Nigerian?

ICES 125 – Report Writing

Course Objectives: The course is geared toward enhancing writing skills in the students.

Outline:

  1. Letter-writing

(i)    Informal letter

(ii)   Semi-formal letter

(iii)  Formal letter/Minutes of meeting

(iv)   Memo

  1. Note-taking

(i)    Abbreviations

(ii)   Reducing a single paragraph to skeleton notes.

(iii)  Skeleton paragraphs for expansion

(iv)  Proof-reading

  1. Reference

(i)    Citation

(ii)   Documentation

4. Types of Report

  1. Short Report
  2. Long Report.

5. Organization of Long Reports

6. Writing your own Reports.

7. Field Trips

8. Long Essay