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Ford Foundation Nigeria English Language Project, 1963-1970 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

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ID: 3/RG 27/RG 27-10-2

Primary Creator: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. International Programs and Services.

Extent: 3.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: English language - Textbooks for foreign speakers, Enugu (Nigeria)., Ford Foundation., Ibadan (Nigeria)., Kaduna (Nigeria)., Nigeria.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes course materials and learning supplements used for teaching English in Nigeria; evaluations of the program's progress; grant proposals; and correspondence between Southern Illinois University's International Services and the Ford Foundation. Within this collection are also photographs documenting teacher-student interactions; learning facilities (both in Nigeria and at Southern Illinois University).  Additionally, there are photo keys received from the Ford Foundation to be used in identifying photographs taken at the language centers in Kaduna, Enugu, and Ibadan.

Collection Historical Note

In January, 1964, Southern Illniois University received a grant from the Ford Foundation for the purpose of improving the teaching of the English language in Nigeria.  English Language Services Inc., a private Washington, D.C. firm, provided equipment, course materials and personnel under the fiscal and professional managment of Southern Illinois University.  The program was directed by Robert Jacobs, Dean of International Services.  Projects carried out under the grant were: the establishment of English language centers, of Nigerian Civil Service Training Centers in Kaduna, Enugu, and Ibadan; seminars in the teaching of English as a foreign language; development of course materials and instructional methods. Although the original grant was for a two-year period, the project was allowed to continue by the means of subsequent Ford Foundation grants awarded in September, 1964, Aprill, 1966 and October, 1967.

Biographical Note

The International Services Division came into existence at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on July 1, 1965 with Dr. Robert Jacobs as Dean.  Prior to 1965, the university had been active in international education and services programs in Vietnam (U. S. Agency for International Development grants for vocational and elementary education), and had agreements with Mali, Nepal. Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Thailand.  At this time these functions were guided by the Office of Research and Projects (now the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration) under the direction of Dr. John O. Anderson, then associate dean in the Graduate School.  Anderson became dean of the International Services Division upon his return from Nepal in August 1968.  The division coordinated the international programs and activities of the University under the operational supervision of the Vice President for Student and Area Services and under the joint policy direction of that officer and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In November 1969 the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee recommended that an Office of International Education be created with overall executive responsibility for the International Services Division; the Intercultural Program; Chairmanship of the Liaison Committee of the Center for Vietnamese Studies and Programs; coordination and liaison with the Area Studies Committees; coordination of international study grants; and coordination and liaison of the various international programs, projects, and research of the university’s academic units.  John O. Anderson was then named Dean of International Education.

By 1970 the Office of International Education oversaw several programs.  The International Services Division operated projects in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia.  The International Student Services, a unit of the International Services Division, worked with academic departments to provide advisement and logistic support to international students regarding academic, financial, immigration, and personal matters.  The Intercultural Studies Program aimed to foster intercultural understanding, and included the VITA International Study Program in Luxembourg.    The Office of International Education maintained no academic staffing to avoid duplication of staff and resources within the university, and relied on the academic units for the initiation and staffing of projects.

International Education has been under the supervision of the Vice President for Student and Area Service, the Vice President for Area and International Service, and now reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research through the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Graduate School.

In 1982 the office changed names to International Programs and Services before changing names to the Center for International Education in 2012.  The Center promotes and coordinates international activities on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus which includes enrollment management for international students, study abroad programs, international student support (including regional community programs of the International Friends Club), and international development (including faculty Fullbrights).  The Center strives to: recruit, admit, enroll and retain students from every nation; educate international students regarding immigration policies and University procedures and facilitate their campus assimilation; inform students of the myriad of study abroad opportunities worldwide; encourage faculty, staff and student exchange through the development of global academic partnerships; and coordinate campus initiatives that support the academic mission of the University by providing leadership that enhances our international dimension.

Subject/Index Terms

English language - Textbooks for foreign speakers
Enugu (Nigeria).
Ford Foundation.
Ibadan (Nigeria).
Kaduna (Nigeria).
Nigeria.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item, Box, Folder], RG 27-10-2 Ford Foundation Nigeria English Language Project, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: The original finding aid and inventory was created on March 11, 1975.

Finding Aid Revision History: Description revised by Jordan Bennett in October 2014.


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Folder 1: Nigerian Project Preliminary Information, 1963 - 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Grant I, 1964-1965, 1968, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Grant II, 1964 - 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Grant III, 1965 - 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Grant IV, 1966 - 1969, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Vendors, 1967 - 1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Unfinished English Language Services Business, 1966 - 1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Andersen English Language Services Audit, 1966 - 1967, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Back Salaries, 1966, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Advanced Studies in English Report, 1967 August - SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Advanced Studies in English Revision Project, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Teacher Education Program Reports and Correspondence, 1966 - 1968, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Teacher Education Program Report I (Distribution of), 1968, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Teacher Education Program Report II (Distribution of), 1968, undatedAdd to your cart.
Volume 1: The Ford Foundation Post Report: Nigeria , 1962 MarchAdd to your cart.
Volume 2: English Language Training in Ameria: A Cooperative Project Involving Southern Illinois University & English Language Services, Inc. , 1964 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Papers Presented by Members of the English Language Training Survery Team, 1965-1966, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Southern Illinois University Nigerian Project: Report to the Ford Foundation, 1968 - 1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Southern Illinois University Nigerian Project: Report to the Ford Foundation, 1967Add to your cart.
Attachments B and C
Volume 3: Advance Studies in English: Level D Textbook , 1966Add to your cart.
Teacher's annotated edition
Volume 4: Advanced Studies in English: Supplementary Grammar Excercises , 1966Add to your cart.
Volume 5: Advanced Studies in English Language Laboratory Workbook Rapid Reading Course: Part II, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Advanced Studies in English Rapid Reading Course: Part II (Part I of II), 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Advanced Studies in English Rapid Reading Course: Part II (Part II of II), 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Unbound Text -- Level B (Part I of II), 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Unbound Text-- Level B (Part II of II), 1966Add to your cart.

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