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Sunday, 28 May 2017

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION










So after over two years in the French school, it was the year we were to go for our immersion programme

at the  French language village in Badagry.



Let me explain:  Students studying French in Nigerian Universities have to go for a year abroad in their thrid

year of studies. Some students travel to France, some to Togo, depending on your school arrangement and

financial capability.



 However, in our school, we went to the French Language Village in Badagry that year.

We were exposed to students from various Universities - DELSU, AAU, UI, UNILAG, and every French

Student in Nigeria. It was an exciting period.



But you see, one has to be intentional about his/her growth process in the French language.

Some people go there to perfect their language skills in Pidgin English, some others in the Yoruba language and some, the Egun (a native language spoken  in Badagry and Cotonou)......

It really depends on why you're there and how intentional you are about your WHY!



That year marked a turning point in my life..... Everything I learnt in the French School was put into practice.

After that year, I decided to enrol for an internship opportunity that opened up while in the French Language

Village, and I moved to Porto - Novo, the political capital of Bénin Republic where I worked - CTA

Bimyns; a tourist attraction centre, hotel and a radio station - Radio Wêke where I worked for almost a year

 and fortunately for me, school was on strike for the period I was there and  I couldn't stay at home for

fear of forgetting all I had learned.

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For every student learning the French language, it is key to go to a French speaking environment - not

necessarily France, Canada or Switzerland. It could be any of our francophone countries. You mingle with

the French speaking folks in an official environment, visit their market place and go for their soirée (night

outs) amongst other things. You could be there for one or two weeks depends on your schedule.



It's a language baptism. You are immersed, and born anew in the language.

These are all personal experiences that helped me with speaking, reading and writing in the French language.

Temitope Elizabeth Akinbola

Is The Author & Editor of This Content

Thank you!

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