ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES VIS-À-VIS LEARNERS’ PERFORMANCE IN FRENCH IN SELECTED COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

PUBLISHED: June 2018

Author: IGONO JOSEPH, AMINOU HAMMAN, EMMANUEL NWACHUKWU  & ALI ABDELKADER

Department of French, Umar Suleiman College of Education

ABSTRACT

Educational resources are assets both to the teachers and learners. A vivid picture on availability and quality of componential materials required by course curriculum needed for effective teaching and learning can offer a glimpse of language learner’s performance. In the face of dwindling performance by foreign language learners, it is very easy to turn the blame on teachers’ competence and methodology as well as shortages in learners’ competence without looking at government decisions and managerial provisions.The incessant complaint about the state of teaching and learning resources in the Nigerian colleges of education especially in the teaching and learning of foreign languages such as French (see Simire, 2002 for instance), suggest a holistic assessment of the contributing factors.The aim of this study is to examine the existing educational resources in the Department of French vis-à-vis its evaluation of fit in contributing to a better performance in French in the Nigerian Colleges of Education. Data were collected from five colleges of Education selected randomly from a list of colleges of education in Nigeria. Information of learning resources available in the department of  French as well as data on performance of students in three subjects in their first and second semester examinations within four years were gathered from these colleges. An analysis of learners’ performance was done coupled with an assessment of the availability, sufficiency and functionality of educational resources in French in selected colleges of education in Nigeria. It was discovered that there exists records of reasonable level of failures in the three subjects studied. This poor performance could be mapped unto the low state and inadequacies of the educational resources found in each of the institutions. It is therefore suggested that effort should be made to provide these resources for effective learning of French.

Key Words: Performance, Educational Resources, Evaluation,

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