Brief History

Fulfude as a discipline started in the College during the 2002/2003 session but under the Department of Nigerian Languages. During the session only Pre-NCE Fulfude was run. Great efforts were made by the College to train and secure qualified lecturers. Accordingly, during the 2003/2004 session the Fulfude NCE Programme commenced. In December, 2004, Fulfulde became a Unit of its own with a Head of the Unit and academic staff. It has six (6) subject combinations namely Fulfude/Arabic, Fulfude/Hausa, Fulfude/English, Fulfude/French, Fulfude/Islamic Studies and Fulfude/History. During the 2005/2006 session, Fulfulde became a department separate from Nigerian Languages. Since then, it grew gradually. Its combinations are now more than six and is now combined with Social Studies, and special educations.

            Staff and students are engaged in carrying out research, workshop, seminars and creative writing. They conduct Fulfulde drama, debates and educational visits.

Philosophy

The culture of the people is inherent in their language. The learning of other Nigerian languages is therefore, paramount to the building of this consciousness. It is felt that 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 almost entirely anchored on his competence in communicating ideas and stimulating learning through his use of language. Articulate and well-spoken teachers almost invariably win the hearts and the respect of their students or pupils.

In relation to Nigerian languages, it is assumed that the mother tongue of the child is closely related to the child’s total growth and development i.e. cultural, psychological, mental, etc. Teaching and learning in the mother tongue helps in the quicker acquisition, retention, dissemination, transfer and use of knowledge in other subjects.

Literature generally is known to be `language applied’. It is known also to embody the totality of the world-view of a people – social and political formations, culture, fears, anxieties, aspirations, etc. Studying a language without its literature is known to be a serious disservice.

2. OBJECTIVES

In addition to the earlier stated general aims and objectives of teaching Languages, teaching Fulfulde as L1 at the NCE level aims at achieving the following:

i) Equip the student – teachers with the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing Fulfulde.

ii) Prepare them adequately for the task of teaching Fulfulde at the Junior Secondary School level.

iii) Expose the student – teachers to the rich socio-cultural and political lives of the speakers of the language.

iv) Help stimulate their creativity in Fulfulde.

3. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

i) General

a. A WAEC Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) NECO or GCE ‘O’ level with passes in 4 subjects including English Language, three of which must be at credit level at one sitting or four credits at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and/or Mathematics may be required in some courses.

b. A Grade II Teachers Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in three subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. One Credit/Merit in English language and/or Mathematics may be required in some courses.

c. For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical education, R.S.A. or City and Guilds Intermediate Certificate coupled with credit/merit in at least four subjects are acceptable qualifications.

d. Associateship Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad is also acceptable as qualification.

e. All candidates wishing to be considered for admissions must enroll for and write the selected examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.

f. Successful candidates in Pre-NCE final examinations who also take and succeed in a selection examination organized by an accredited body are qualified for admission.

g. It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.

ii. Additional

a. A credit or merit in any other Nigerian Language at the SSC, WAEC/GCE (O/L) NECO or Teachers Grade II Certificate or SISC plus any other requirements applicable to NCE Programmes. A credit in English language/literature is strongly recommended.

b. Candidates who do not have a credit in the language may be admitted into the one-year preliminary programme, provided they meet the Pre-NCE entry requirements.

c. Waiver: A pass in mathematics is also acceptable.

Courses offered in the Departmentt

NCE I First Semester

Code Course Title Credit Status
FLS1 111 History and Development of the Fulfulde Language 2 C
FLS1 112 Fulfulde Grammar 2 C
FLS1 113 Reading skills in Fulfulde 2 C
FLS1 114 Fulfulde Oral and written Literature 2 C
  Total 8  

NCE I Second Semester

FLS1 121 The Ajami form of writing Fulfulde. 2 C
FLS1 122 Methodology of teaching Fulfulde I 2 C
FLS1 123 Introduction to General Linguistics. 2 C
  TOTAL 6  

NCE II First Semester

FLS1 211 Phonology of Fulfulde 2 C
FLS1 212 Methodology of Teaching Fulfulde II 2 C
FLS1 213 Morphology and Syntax of Fulfulde 2 C
  TOTAL 6  
       

NCE II Second Semester

FLS1 221 Fulfulde Prose 2 C
FLS1 222 Translation (Theory and Practice) 1 E
FLS1 223 Fulfulde Composition 2 C
  TOTAL 5  
       

NCE III First Semester

EDU 311 Teaching Practice 6 C

NCE III Second Semester

FLS1 321 Fulfulde Drama 2 C
FLS1 322 Fulfulde Poetry 2 C
FLS1 323 Fulfulde Dialectology 2 C
  TOTAL 6  

Graduation Requirements

            The minimum credits required for graduation are:

1    General Education                               30 credits

2    Teaching practice                                  6 credits

3    General studies                                   18 credits

4    Fulfude                                                32 credits

  • Any other teaching Subject                36 credits

TOTAL                                          118 credits

COURSE DESCRIPTION

FLS1 111 HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE FULFULDE LANGUAGE

(2 CREDIT) C

History and evolution of Fulfulde Language with particular emphasis on the spread of the Language, as well as its lexical enrichment due to language contact. A brief synopsis of standardization efforts of the use of Fulfulde in the media.

FLS1 112 FULFULDE GRAMMAR (2 CREDITS) C

Typology and functions of parts of speech e.g. nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, particles, determiners, qualifiers, sentences, phrases and clauses, etc. Noun Class System. The teacher should make the teaching communicative (more of practice than theory by eliciting real life situations and selecting vocabulary appropriate to students’ level)

FLS1 113 READING SKILLS IN FULFULDE (2 CREDITS) C

Suggested content for this course would include:

 Meaning and scope of reading in Fulfulde.

 Pre-reading skills (teaching/learning of Fulfulde alphabet, letter recognition, word recognition, picture reading etc.)

 Basic reading skills (reading in context, idiomatic expression, identifying figures of speech, etc.)

 Types of reading (intensive, extensive, creative, etc.)

 Problems of reading

 Habits of reading (vocalization, word-for-word reading, regression, finger pointing, etc)

 Selected literature fiction and non-fictions, articles, plays, poems etc. in Fulfulde

FLS1 114 FULFULDE ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE (2 CREDITS) C

Introduction to the various genres of Fulfulde Literature e.g. Fulfulde Oral Literature, such as folktales, oral songs. riddles, proverbs and children’s games, as well as Pre and post 19th century poetry, prose and drama. Also, History of Fulfulde Oral Literature and the Biography of some famous Fulfulde Oral Poets shall be covered. Selected Fulbe literature that touches on culture, occupation and crafts could be used.

NCE 1 SECOND SEMESTER

FLS1 121 THE AJAMI FORM OF WRITING FULFULDE (2 CREDIT) C

History and development of Ajami as a writing medium in Fulaphone areas. The styles of Ajami writing, standardization and orthography (e.g. selection of Fulfulde letters, word boundary, attention to vowel length, shadda, etc). Intensive in and out of class practicum.

FLS1122 METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING FULFULDE I (2 CREDITS) C

An overview of the available syllabus of Fulfulde in the formal school system; especially in primary and secondary schools. Basic principles of Fulfulde L1 teaching/learning. Different strategies for teaching different topics in Fulfulde (Language, literature, culture and translation). Lesson notes/scheme of work in Fulfulde Language:- preparation, usage and evaluation.

FLS1 123 INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL LINGUISTICS (2 CREDIT) C

a. Definition and nature of language.

b. Use of Fulfulde as the source of data Language to introduce structural aspect of descriptive linguistics such as Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics

NCE II (200 LEVEL) FIRST SEMESTER

FLS1 211 PHONOLOGY OF FULFULDE (2CREDITS) C

Definition of Fulfulde sounds in terms of place and manner of articulation and stricture. Further studies on Consonants, Vowels, Insertion, Deletion and Assimilation, tone and syllable structure

FLS1212 METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING FULFULDE II (2CREDITS) C

Designing, improvising, selecting, adopting and using varieties of teaching aids for effective teaching of Fulfulde Language, Literature and Culture. This shall include the following:

a. Preparation and designing of posters on core messages of AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), family size and welfare, child spacing and delayed marriages, breast feeding etc.

b. Methods of teaching population/family life education including value clarification:

h. Development and Evaluating Teaching materials

i. Functions, types, construction and administration of appropriate tests in Fulfulde.

j. Language Learning Theories:

iv) Behaviourist Theories

v) Cognitive Theories

vi) Language Acquisition device.

FLS1 213 MORPHOLOGY AND SYNTAX OF FULFULDE (2 CREDITS) C

Definition, typology and classification of Fulfulde morphemes. Morphological Processes: Affixation. Word formation: Inflectional and derivational morphology. Fulfulde Verbal and Tense System, agreement, and Consonant alternations. Fulfulde Sentence and its types, Neutral and emphatic, word order, Simple declarative, interrogative as well as relative sentence.

NCE II (200 LEVEL) SECOND SEMESTER

FLS1 221 FULFULDE PROSE (2 CREDITS) C

A comparative study of Fulfulde prose in respect of form, content and style. Indepth analysis of certain issues/themes of such prose and their relevance to present day Fulfulde society. Reading text in form of essays, short stories and short novels should be treated.

FLS1 222 TRANSLATION (THEORY AND PRACTICE) (2 CREDIT) C

Techniques of Translations. Practical – Passages for translation shall be extracted from newspapers, magazines, or text books on the language. Review of Translated texts.

FLS1 223 FULFULDE COMPOSITION (2 CREDITS) C

Introduction to Fulfulde rules of writing. Description of places, events and correspondence between friends, family members and other people. Writing of different forms of compositions (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, expository, reports, etc.)

FLS1 321 FULFULDE DRAMA (2 CREDITS) C

A comparative study of Fulfulde Drama in respect of form, content and style, in-depth analysis of certain issues/themes of such drama and their relevance to present day Fulfulde society. Periodic identification of particular works and authors to be selected for study. Practical Drama (i.e. stage performance of selected plays). No fewer than five drama texts should be treated.

FLS1 322 FULFULDE POETRY (2CREDITS) C

A comparative study of 19th and 20th century Fulfulde poems in respect of form, content and style. In-depth study/analysis of certain issues/themes of such poems and their relevance to present day Fulfulde society. Periodic identification of particular works and authors to be selected for study. Practical Poetry. No fewer than ten thematic poems should be treated. FLS1 323 FULFULDE DIALECTOLOGY (2 CREDIT) C

Analysis and typological description of Fulaphone dialects. Fulfulde dialects in Nigeria, Geographical description of the dialects in Nigeria, Types of dialects and standardization of Fulfulde

Members of Staff under the Unit

SNNAME QUALIFICATIONS RANK
1Usman Abubakar Kokashe N.C.E., B.A.(ARA) P/Lecturer
2Yusuf Kawujo NCE, BA Ed Lecturer I
3Abdullahi Aliyu NCE, BA Ed, MA S/Lecturer
4Sufiyanu M. Goshe NCE A/Lect
5Muhammad Bande Tsamiya BA Ed A/Lect