My take on Taraba state governorship election March 2019

Tarabans are once again faced with difficult choices, not because we would not be allowed to cast our votes comes Saturday 9th March, but because it’s a choice between a failed leadership of Governor Darius Ishaku and, with the return of Sani Abubakar Danladi, a definite reverse to the bad past. None of the two major contestants, by their records, merits to lead Taraba state anymore, especially now. Continue reading “My take on Taraba state governorship election March 2019”

A maganar matsalolin da suka shafi aure, yan Arewa muna da sauran tafiya mai nisa

Jiya na iso wurin aiki da safe, sai na iske wani abokin aikina, dan kasar Saudiya, yana gyaggyara Shimag na shi zai shiga aji ya karantar. Shimag shine dan kyallen nan da larabawa ke yafawa a kansu. Cikin raha da zolaya, sai na ce masa, cikin Turanci, ‘getting set?’ ma’ana, ‘yaya ana kimtsawa ne? Budan bakinsa sai yace, ‘kwarai kuwa, kimtsawa na asali ba!’ Fadar haka sai ya jawo hankalina. Labarin da ya bani daga karshe sai ya sani na fahimci cewa lallai mu fa a Arewacin Najeriya matsalar da suka shafi aurenme suna da da yawa, kuma idan ba mun fuskanci gaskiyar al’amarin ba to baza mu kai gaci ba. Continue reading “A maganar matsalolin da suka shafi aure, yan Arewa muna da sauran tafiya mai nisa”

Developing and sustaining students’ motivation in a language class

A lot of people around the world have begun to develop interests in learning a second language. This is not unconnected to the fast and innovative development in science and technology as well as in communication, transportation, migration, internet and computer sensitisation. By learning a second – or even third – language, people can not only gain more access when it comes to discussing and learning about other cultures or people around the world but will also enable them to blend well in case they visit those areas in the future. Continue reading “Developing and sustaining students’ motivation in a language class”

10 easy steps for writing a college paper

Writing a college paper can be a challenging task, especially given the many academic tasks a student has to accomplish within often a limited time. Following the ten easy steps below will not only help reduce the amount of time students spend in writing a research paper but will also increase the quality of research. Continue reading “10 easy steps for writing a college paper”

Understanding various kinds of essay

An essay is a precise writing on a particular subject, which is composed of paragraphs, usually the introduction, the discussion and the conclusion. (Read my article on how to write a good paragraph here) Different types of essay have different sets of rules which, if not followed, makes the writing dull and pointless.  On the other hand, it becomes difficult to remember all sets of rule and recall when you sit to write an essay.  Usually, the kind of question or situation we have determines the type of essay we compose. Here is a short practical way to help you write a good essay, by understanding its major manifestations. Continue reading “Understanding various kinds of essay”

Developing students’ critical thinking skills in writing at a Saudi Arabian writing centre

Working for more than three years with amazing colleagues to experiment the Writing Center at Yanbu Colleges and Institutes has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. What you are about to read is one of those success stories. We worked for almost a year with the immediate past Director of Yanbu English Language Institute, Dr Osman Barnawi, as our editor, and MacMillan Palgrave, as our publishers, to produce a 14-chapter book about the current state of Writing Centre practices in the Arabian Gulf.

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What teachers need to know about their students’ learning styles

Learning style varies from student to student. Every student acts differently in acquiring, absorbing and retaining information. Some may understand the verbal instructions while others may need video demonstration as well. In short, every student is different. It is very important for teachers to understand the difference between their students’ learning styles so that they can implement appropriate strategies into their lesson plans. Continue reading “What teachers need to know about their students’ learning styles”

How to write a simple and compelling paragraph

Simplicity is the key to perfection. Thought process involved around composing a perfect paragraph can be quite intimidating for many writers. However, to write a good paragraph, it’s important to inculcate the basics of paragraph writing and experiment around it. Hesitant writers should practice this craft so that their thoughts and ideas can easily be transformed into their writing. Writing is a powerful tool for communication and requires coherence and conciseness for its effectiveness on the reader. Don’t try to flower things up too much as it’ll lead to an abrupt structure of your paragraph. Continue reading “How to write a simple and compelling paragraph”

You don’t need to be a legislative member or even a governor to serve your people: A message to Taraba youths

Today, my thought, hoped it’s not skewed, is about my brothers, the youths of Taraba state. From time immemorial, everyone knows the future of every society rests on the shoulders of its youths. This is true in Taraba state. But, I don’t see a secured future with almost every young person aiming at one target – to be a House of Assembly member, a chairman or a governor. Folks, politics is now an old-fashioned game for the youth. The buzzwords are education, technology, entrepreneurship and partnership.  Continue reading “You don’t need to be a legislative member or even a governor to serve your people: A message to Taraba youths”

Jalingo chairmanship election: A choice between confidence and hope

Often, people face choices in life, especially good ones, that pose challenges to their conscience. I don’t know what most people of Jalingo local government think about this Saturday’s chairmanship election between Abdul Nasir Bobboji and A. A. Liman. It appears to be a challenging one that perhaps many, as of now, have not yet made any decision. In times like these, putting aside what does not matter and focusing on a common goal could help.  Continue reading “Jalingo chairmanship election: A choice between confidence and hope”