Academy boosts learning of French with Spelling Bee competition 

Fri, Feb 23, 2024
By editor


THE Naphy Language Academy on Friday  organised a Spelling Bee Competition ‘Concours D’orthographe’, to boost student knowledge of French Language.

Mrs Ngozi Eyo, convener of the competition, said on Friday in Lagos  that the competition was aimed at encouraging  learning of French Language.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that no fewer than 105 students from 35 public and private primary and secondary schools across Lagos  participated in the competition.

The competition was supported by Alliance Française, Lagos and Mike Adenuga Centre.

Eyo said that the initiative  ‘French Spelling Bee Competition’, was to create a platform to expose students and promote learning of French Language.

According to her, the initiative is to make students learning French   aware of the importance of the language  and appreciate the fact that it is recognised globally.

“Nigeria is created in the midst of French -speaking countries, and as a French instructor, I am passionate to go beyond the shores of teaching the language in the classroom.

“So I thought of how to create excitement in the children, through a competition in French language, and today, it is a success and the children have realised that they are not alone.

“This competition will create an opening and opportunities for them. In  case they want to travel out, they will be able to communicate and relate with people in other French -speaking countries,” she said.

On the criteria for selection of  participants , the convener said that one must be learning French in school or have someone coaching him  at home, and most importantly, know the French alphabets .

She expressed excitement at  the turnout of the 2024 edition of the competition,saying more students participated compared to the 2023  edition.

She ,however, identified lack of  sponsorship as a challenge, calling  for partnership and support  from individuals, public and private organisations to sustain  the annual competition.

Mrs Temitope Davids, a French teacher at Corona Day School, described the competition as laudable ,saying it was a veritable  platform to  expose students and promote learning of French Language.

He said the competition  offered students learning French in school a platform to test their  knowledge of the language .

Davids said that the competition was   an eye opener, but said that more needed to be done to enhance learning of French language in schools in the country.

She said that the performance of the students was impressive, and applauded the  organiser for the initiative  .

The winner of the competition and the first and second runner up  in the primary and secondary categories of the competition were given flat screen televisions, bicycle and standing fan respectively.

Onimagbun Fatai, who emerged first in the secondary  category,  expressed excitement, saying that he prepared, was determined to mount the podium, and God crowned his effort with his emergence as winner (NAN)

23rd February, 2024.