Enhancing the Language Education of Students with Special Needs in Nigeria through Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Challenges and Prospects

Ezekiel U. Oji *

Department of French, School of Secondary Education Language Programmes, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Augusta C. Okanume

Department of Igbo, School of Secondary Education Language Programmes, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Chinazom C. Nwabueze

Department of Igbo, School of Secondary Education Language Programmes, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

New technologies contribute to the improvement of the learning process, by offering richer sources of language learning materials. We have witnessed in this age the emergence of multimedia programmes and other technologies to help learners with impairments. Computerized assisted instructions, joysticks, communication boards and software packages promote creativity and make learning more interesting even for people with special needs. The aim of this paper is to discuss the role of ICT in enhancing language education for physically challenged learners so as to increase their function abilities. The paper looks at the concept of special education in Nigeria and the advantages of using ICT in special education. It examines ICT resources for learners with hearing impairment, ICT resources visually impaired learners, ICT resources for speech impaired learners and ICT resources for learners with learning disability. It also takes a look at the challenges and prospects of the using of ICT in special education in Nigeria. It recommends among others that to ensure the effective use of ICT in the education of people with special needs giving its role in enhancing teaching and learning, the educational authorities should ensure access to appropriate technology in order to help achieved the educational goals and standards. They should also provide time for the teachers to plan and learn how to integrate the technology. This could be done through in-service and pre-service training of teachers.

Keywords: Enhancing, language education, impairment, special needs, ICT


How to Cite

U. Oji, Ezekiel, Augusta C. Okanume, and Chinazom C. Nwabueze. 2024. “Enhancing the Language Education of Students With Special Needs in Nigeria through Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Challenges and Prospects”. Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies 50 (7):65-73. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajess/2024/v50i71445.

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