History of the Department
The Department of Languages of the Nigerian Defence Academy was established in 1997, out of the Department of General Studies. Hitherto, Arabic and French were offered as compulsory electives only at 100 and 200 levels by all Faculties. Given such a status, the scope and effectiveness of the courses were limited. The desire to impart language competence to cadets, in the two languages was therefore not realizable due to limitations of content and time available. The need to upgrade the course, and the increasing need to develop a crop of officers who are able to communicate effectively in foreign languages gave rise to the establishment of a Department of Languages, solely dedicated to teaching Foreign languages identified as key and needful for enhancing the operation of the Nigerian Armed Forces personnel.
Other compelling factors which motivated the establishment of the Department of Languages include Nigeria’s contiguity to and rapport with Francophone and Arabophone countries on the African Continent, bilateral relations, increasing security threats, Nigeria’s Leadership role in Africa, peace keeping, peace support operations and the impact of globalization. This vision was actualized in 1997 with the intake of the First batch of four cadets for 49RC Arabic. 50RC course had eleven cadets for Arabic and two for French. 51RC, 52RC, 53RC all had Arabic no French cadets. 60RC had four cadets for French and non for Arabic.
Aims and Objectives of The Department
The aim of the Department is to train and produce a crop of officers and postgraduate students who are equipped with functional knowledge and communicative skills in relevant foreign languages to enable them overcome the usual challenges posed by language barriers often encountered in business, diplomacy, scholarship, peace keeping, and peace support operations.
The degree programme is designed to
- train cadets to acquire adequate communicative competence in both the spoken and written varieties of Arabic/French thereby giving them a command and effective mastery of the language in its various applications to achieve adequate, self-expression and self-actualisation and enhance service delivery.
- equip cadets with the knowledge of the forms and features of the varieties of Arabic/French used in different professional domains such as: business, communication, diplomatic service, military terminologies, service writing, synthesis from the print and electronic media and project writing.
- equip cadets with adequate linguistic knowledge of Arabic/French through a detailed study of its sound system, lexicon, syntax, semantics and levels of language usage.
- prepare cadets to pursue postgraduate studies in Arabic/French and undertake research at the undergraduate and post graduate level.
- orient cadets towards acquisition of self-employment skills such as project writing,, creative writing, as well as translation and interpreting.