Foreign Language Literacy for Enhanced Professional Achievement through Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes in Nigeria
Mike T. U. Edung
Dept. ofForeign Languages. University of Uyo. Uyo, Nigeria
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A professional, as a highly trained person in some specialized field of activity or knowledge,can develop his expertise in his field of specialty, if he is literate in foreign languages. This literacy must, however, go beyond mere ability to read and write in the foreign language(s); it must enable the professional to understand the technical ideas and concepts of his field of specialty expressed in the foreign language of his interest; in other words, he must be literate in the specialist discourse of his profession or discipline in that language. This type of literacy is acquired through a type of foreign language pedagogy known generally as Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes (FoLaSl’). The foreign language courses given in educational institutions producing our professionals may propose to give, but have not really succeeded in giving, this type of foreign language literacy to our professionals. The major reason for this is that the foreign language teaching is not allotted enough time to enable it match linguistic with conceptual training to develop the specialist discourse of the professional field of activity. A new approach to FoLaSP which ensures this has been proposed in this paper.