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Discussion in 'NEWS, BOOKS, CULTURE' started by mamarita, Mar 22, 2004.

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  1. mamarita

    mamarita OJODTROUBLELOVER

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    I just realized! I love my Canadian English classes as in all through high school, we didn't learn grammar or d sweet stuff they thought in Nigeria, no we learnt to write essays. Now at first I thought, HOW DUMB. But a couple of yrs after I graduate and I seat here comparing the Nigerian and Canadian English classes. I realize that, we learnt our tenses in the CA class through the books we're made to read!


    What triggered this thought, some 3-4 yrs after A levels, am seating in front of my TV watching A DOLL'S HOUSE, knowing I've read d book b4 and probably seen the movie. Strange innit?


    I wonder if it'd b a good thing to introduce movies into the ENGLISH LIT curriculum in Nigeria. I mean half of the kids in my SS1 class couldn't read shakespeare, they were so bad I started skipping classes just to avoid listening to them, now if you cannot read Shakespeare the way it was intended, then you cannot understand the stories, and ultimately you take the exam write the essays and wonder WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!

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  2. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    You know I agree with you. it is a shame the level our educational system has fallen to in Naija.
    when you hear people who are "English majors" speak english, you cringe in shame and embarrassment for THEM. then when i read the emails that my peers send me from Naija, Holy Mother of God!!! Nothing to write home about.
    Something needs to be done quick, to save our children and our youth, before our next president will go up there now and embarrass us in front of the whole world.


     
  3. Pete

    Pete Well-Known Member

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    Mamarita I don't really get ya point. But well, it depends on where persin dey. For my school they respect black guys 'cuz we dey shine academically (all rounds); Sometimes, our written/grammatical/structural works (esp. from Nija guys) throw dem white peeps in "wonderment". Not to boast though, my English Prof once told one of my Coursemates to me for help in Nove-based Essay writing. I think it's just seriousness and focus that determines one's performance. Someone who took his high school days seriously for Nija no suppose get any probs with Western Universities. There are lots of facilities here to enhance one's pursuit than there is in Nija. So, it even makes it easier to shine (if u want)!
     
  4. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    but...

    But Pete, have you heard some of our peers in Naija when they write and speak English? Atrocious.
    I do agree that most Africans when we come here, we tend to excel in our academics. Mainly because we know what we are here for. but if you don't have that foundation set up right from the onset in Naija, you're pretty much SOL.


     
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