Dr Richard Chinedum Ihejirika

RICHARD CHINEDUM IHEJIRIKA, PhD, KSC

READER

 


QUALIFICATIONS

  1. B.A.ED (ENGLISH) (SECOND CLASS UPPER), Ife
  2. M.A. (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE), UNN
  3. CERTIFICATE IN BASIC COMPUTER LITERACY
  4. PhD English (LANGUAGE), Uyo.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  1. Member, International Reading Association (IRA)
  2. Member, Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN)
  3. Member, English Language Association of Nigeria  (ELTAN)
  4. Member, National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as Second Language (NATRESL).

PUBLICATIONS

A.  Journal Publications (Local)

  1. Ihejirika, R.C. (1999). The Problems Inherent in the English Verb and the Pedagogic Implications in a Second Language Situation. In Nka: A Journal of Arts. Owerri:  AICE.
  2. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). The Strategies for Developing Communication Skills in the Target Language with Particular Focus on Science and Technology Students. In English Language Teaching Today (ELTT): A Journal for Teachers of English & Communication Skills, pp. 10-14.
  3. Ihejirika, Richard (2006). Language and National Development: The Implication for Nigeria. In Journal of School of General Studies (JOGS) Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 68-74.
  4. Ihejirika, Richard C. (2007). Towards Creating Conducive Environment for Effective Teaching and Learning of English as a Second Language at the Primary School Level. In English Language Teaching Today (ELTT): A Journal for Teachers of English and Communication Skills, pp. 26-31.
  5. Ihejirika, R.C. (2008). Language and Human Development: The Pedagogic Implications in a Multilingual Situation. In Journal of Nigerian Languages and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 147-158.
  6. Ihejirika, R.C. (2009). The Nigerian Language Policy Perspective: Social and Educational Implications. In NKA: A Journal of Language and the Arts, No. 8, pp. 40-51.
  7. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). Gender and Second Language Acquisition: A Study of the Standards of the Written English of the Final Year Male and Female Students of the Federal University of Technology”, Owerri. In International Journal of Gender and Development Issues (IJGDI), Vol. 1.pp. 85-92
  8. Ihejirika, R.C. (2014). Coping with Challenges of Mechanics in Writing in English as L2: The Place of Extensive   Reading. In Journal of English language Teachers Association of Nigeria (JELTAN), 83-93.
  9. Ihejirika, R.C. (201). Extensive Reading in English: A Study of the Reading Preferences of the Freshmen at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. In FUTO Journal Series (FUTOJNLS), Vol. 3(1), pp. 64-6.
  10. Ihejirika, R.C. (2017). Strategies for Developing Extensive Reading Culture in the Target Language in the Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Nigeria in the 21st Century. In Review of Arts and Social Sciences: A Quarterly Journal of Inter-University Friendship Association with Contributions from Science and Technology, Vol. 5(5), pp. 124-134.
  11. Ihejirika, R.C. (2017). The National Language Question in Nigeria’s Multilingual Setting: A Proposal. In Journal of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (JELTAN), Vol. 7, pp. 29-37.

B.  Journal Publications (International) 

  1. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). Communication in the English Language: Issues and Prospects in a Multilingual Speech Community as Nigeria. In Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 876-891
  2. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). Effective Teaching and Learning of English in Nigeria in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects. In Scottish Journal of Arts, Social Sciences and Scientific Studies, Vol. 11(1), pp. 20-27.
  3. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). Igbo Language in the 21st Century: The Challenges and Prospects. In International Journal of Development Studies (IJDS), Vol. 25(1), pp. 31-36.
  4. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). Poor Attitude to Reading for Pleasure and its Implications for Acquisition of Language Skills and Academic Achievement. In Journals of International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR), Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 43-46.
  5. Ihejirika, R.C. (2014). Literature and Language Teaching and Learning: A Symbiotic Relationship. In English Language Teaching and Learning (ELT), Vol. 7( 3), pp. 85-90.
  6. Ihejirika, R.C. (2014). Integrating Extensive Reading in the School Curriculum: An Effective Strategy for Enhancing and Sustaining Literacy in Nigeria. In Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business (IJCRB), Vol. 5(9), pp. 590-602.
  7. Ihejirika, R.C. (2016).Classification and Characterisation of Language Deficiencies in the Written English of Final Year Students of Imo State University, Nigeria. In Journal of International Organisation of Scientific Research (IOSR), Vol. 21(11), pp. 10-16.

C.    CO-AUTHORED BOOK

Anyachonkeya, N., Vitalis N. Nwaogu, A.C. Izuagba and Richard Ihejirika (1998). A Handbook of language & Communication Skills. Owerri: M.Cajec Publications.

D.    EDITED BOOKS

Ihejirika, R.C. (ed.) (2008). Readings in Basic English for Higher Education. Owerri: Cel-Bez & Co. Publishers.

E.   CO-EDITED BOOKS

  1. Anyachonkeya, N. & Richard C. Ihejirika (eds) (2000). Fundamentals of English &Communication Skills.Owerri: Hudson-Jude Nigeria Publishers.
  2. Izuagba, A.C., Richard Ihejirika, M.C. Onwukanjo (eds) (2002). Functional English & Communication Skills for Higher Education.Owerri: Hudson-Jude Nigeria Publishers.
  3. Ihejirika, R.C & G.N. Ogbonna (eds) (2003). The Essentials of Use of English and Communication Skills.Owerri: Versatile Publishers.
  4. Asiabaka, I.P., Ihejirika, R.C., Chukwu, K. (2013). Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri Held between 21st and 24th October 2012 on the Theme: “Gender, Education and Globalization”

F.   CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  1. Ihejirika, Richard C. (1999). “Reading Comprehension and Summary”. In Anyanwu, P.A. (ed.). Correctness & Style in the English Language Skills.Owerri: Springfield Publishers, pp. 97-116.
  2. Ihejirika, R.C. (1999). “Letter Writing”. In Anyanwu, P.A. (ed.). Correctness & Style in the English Language Skills. Springfield Publishers, pp. 183-195.
  3. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “Parts of Speech and their Problems of Usage”.In Izuagba, A.C. & M. Onwukanjo (eds). Functional English &Comunication Skills for Higher Education.Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 1-28.
  4. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “Discourse Types, Letter Writing and Paragraphing”.In Izuagba, A.C. & M. Onwukanjo (eds). Functional English & Communication Skills.Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp.132-162.
  5. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “Summary Writing and Outlining”. In Njoku, C.N (ed.). Remedial English 1. Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 35-55.
  6. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “The Sentence”. In Njoku, C.N. & A.C. Izuagba (eds). Remedial English Book 2. Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 61-75.
  7. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “The Sentence Agreement”. In Njoku, C.N. & A.C. Iz uagba (eds). Remedial English Book 2. Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 61-75.
  8. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “Word Types, Choice and Usage”. In Njoku, C.N. & A.C. Izuagba (eds). Remedial English Book 2.Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 93-97.
  9. Ihejirika, R.C. and G.N. Ogbonna (2003). “Vocabulary Development”. In Ihejirika, R.C. and G.N. Ogbonna (eds). The Essentials of Use of English & Communication Skills.Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 33-45.
  10. Ogu, A.E. & R.C. Ihejirika (2003). “Writing”. In Ihejirka, R.C. & G.N. Ogbonna (eds). The Essentials of Use of English & Communication Skills. Owerri: Versatile Publishers, pp. 57-109.
  11. Ihejirika, R.C. (2003). “Language and National Development”. In Iheriohanma, E.B.J. (ed.). Path To Nigerian Political and Economic Development. Owerri: Kosoka Press in Assrciation with Ugonna Ventures (Nig.), pp. 333-340.
  12. IhejirSika, R.C. (2008). “Reading and Comprehension”. In Ihejirika, R.C. (ed.). Readings in Basic English for Higher Education.Owerri: Cel-Bez Publishers, pp. 1-78.
  13. Ihejirika, R.C. (2008). “Writing: Essays, Letters and Paragraphing”. In Ihejirika, R.C. (ed.). Readings in Basic English for Higher Education.Owerri; Cel-Bez Publishers, pp. 241-301.
  14. Ihejirika, R.C. (2008). “Speaking Skills”. In Ihejirika, R.C. (ed.). Readings in Basic English for Higher Education.Owerri: Cel-Bez Publishers, pp. 302-346.

G.   PhD THESIS

Ihejirika, R.C. (2011). Reading-Writing Connections: A Comparative Study of the Standards of the Written English of the Arts and Science Students at Imo State University.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

  1. Ihejirika, R.C. (2002). “Strategies for Developing Communication Skills in the Target Language with Particular Focus on the Science and Technology Students. A Paper Presented at The English Language Teaching Today (ELTT) Annual Conference (Maiden Edition) Organized by the General Studies Unit, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Held between 2nd and 5th October 2002.
  2. Ihejirika, R.C. (2003). “Towards Effective Implementation of the ‘Use of English’ Curriculum in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria”. A Paper Presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the School of General Studies, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Held between 24th and 28th June, 2003.
  3. Ihejirika, R.C. (2005). “Poor Attitude to Reading for Pleasure and its Implication on Acquisition of Language Skills and Academic Achievements: The Case of Students of Colleges of Education and Polytechnics”. A Paper Presented at the 9th National Conference and Workshop organized by the National Association of Teachers of English in Colleges of Education and Polytechnics (NATECEP) held at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State between Monday 11th and Thursday, 11th July, 2005.
  4. Ihejirika, R.C. (2007). “Poor Attitude to Reading for Pleasure and its Implication on Acquisition of language Skills and Academic Achievements: The Case of Students of Secondary Schools”. A Paper Presented at the First Annual Conference/Workshop of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) Held at the AICE, Owerri between 20t and 22nd November, 2007.
  5. Ihejirika, R.C. (2007). “Language and Human Development: The Pedagogic Implications in a Multilingual Situation”. A Paper Presented at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for Promoting Nigerian Languages and Culture (APNILAC) Held at Imo State University, Owerri between 25th and 29th November 2007.
  6. Ihejirika, R.C. (2007). “Towards creating Conducive Environment for Effective Teaching and Learning of English as a Second Language at the Primary School Level”.  A Paper Presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers and Researchers in English as a Second Language (NATRSL) Held at FUTO between 18th and 21st July, 2007.
  7. Ihejirika, R.C. (2007). “Mass Literacy Campaign at the Rural Setting: If the Battle Must be Won…”.  A Paper Presented at the 1st Mid-Term Conference of Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) Held at the University of Ibadan between 9th and 13th October, 2007.
  8. Ihejirika, R.C. (2008). “Language and Governance in Nigeria: A Symbiotic Relationship”. A Paper Presented at the International Conference Hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka between 2nd and 5th July, 2008.
  9. Ihejirika, R.C. (2009). Language Policy: The Nigerian Perspective and its Social and Educational Implications. A Paper Presented at the 2009 National Conference of the School Arts. AIFCE, Owerri Held between 10th and 13th November, 2009.
  10. Ihejirika, R.C. (2010). “Communication in the English Language: Issues and Prospects in a Multilingual Speech Community as Nigeria. A Paper Presented at the National Conference of the School of Arts, AlvanIkoku Federal College of Eduction, Owerri, Held between 2nd and 5th November, 2010.
  11. Ihejirika, R.C. (2011). “Effective Teaching and Learning of English in Nigeria in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects. A Paper Presented at the Sixth University of Uyo Conference Held between 23rd and 26th March, 2011.
  12. Ihejirika, R.C. (2012). “Coping with the Challenges of Mechanics in Writing in English as a Second Language: The Place of Extensive Reading. A Paper Presented at the 5th Annual Workshop/Conference of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) in Collaboration with the British Council, Nigeria Held Between Monday, 3rd and Thursday, 6th September, 2012 at the AlvanIkoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
  13. Ihejirika, R.C. (2012). Gender and Second Language Acquisition: A Study of the Standards of the Written English of the Final Year Male and Female Students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. A Paper Presented at the 2012 International Conference Hosted by the Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri from 21st-24th October, 2012.
  14. Ihejirika, R.C. (2012). “Igbo Language in the 21st Century: The Challenges and Prospects. A Paper Presented at the Sixth Africa and World Language and Literature Conference Hosted by the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Held from 4-7 November, 2012.
  15. Ihejirika, R.C. (2013). “Literature and English Language Teaching and Learning: A Symbiotic Relationship.” A Paper Presented at the 7th Annual Workshop/Conference of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) Held at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State between 2nd and 6th September, 2013.
  16. Ihejirika, R.C. (2015). “Strategies for Developing Extensive Reading Culture in the Target Language in the Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Nigeria in the 21st Century”. A Paper Presented at the International Conference on the Goals of Arts, Social Science and Technology Organised by the Directorate of General Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri from 13th to 16th September, 2015.
  17. Ihejirika, R.C. (2015). “Classification and Characterisation of Language Deficiencies in written English of Final Year Students of Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria. “ A Paper Presented at the Annual National Conference of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) Held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 8-12th November, 2015.
  18. Ihejirika, R.C. (2016). National Language Question in a Multilingual Setting as Nigerai: A Proposal. A Paper Presented at the 9th Annual National Conference of the English Language Teachers Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) Held from 29th-1st August, 2016 at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. Graduate Assistant, University of Ife, Ile-Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) (NYSC)   –  1983-1984
  2. Senior English and Literature in English Teacher, Imo State Secondary School System, 1984-1998
  3. Teaching in FUTO (Lecturer in English), January, 1998-date
  4. Teaching in Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri (Part-time Lecturer in English),1995-2010.
  5. Teaching in Imo State University, Owerri (Part-time Lecturer in English), 1999-2001
  6. Teaching in National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Owerri Centre ( Facilitator in English), 2006-date.

AREA OF SPECIALISATION/RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Applied English Linguistics
  • English Grammar (Syntax)
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics
  • Communication Skills.

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