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Dr. Tim Ajani

Dr. Ajani received his Ph.D. degree in Linguistics and a graduate Certificate in TESL from the University of Florida (UF). He obtained his M.A. and DEA degrees in Applied Linguistics from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. His educational and teaching experiences span three continents. He has taught in High School, Community Colleges and the University level. While in France, he taught Yoruba language & cultures at the INALCO, Paris. At UF he taught Yoruba, Intro to African Litt.; African Humanities and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. He also taught African Cultures and Literatures, and African Religions and Cultures at surrounding Community Colleges. He has been a reviewer for the US Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (FDDRA) and Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Programs, as well as for the Title VI International Research and Studies (IRS) Program since 2003. In 2013 he was invited to join the reviewers for the American Councils administered Critical Languages Scholarships (CLS). Dr. Ajani serves on the Advisory Boards of the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Nigeria Studies (JNS) and African Studies Quarterly (ASQ), and on the Review Boards of the Scientific Journals International (SJI) and the International Journal of Multilingualism (IJM).

Dr. Timothy T. Ajani
Professor of Linguistics

Office: Joseph Knuckles Science Annex Room 112
Phone: 672.1244
Fax: 672.2616

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Elementary French
Intermediate French
Elementary Yoruba

Dr. Ajani's research interests are in the New Englishes, with emphasis on Nigerian English; the language of African literature, with specific emphasis on the English of Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe; Yoruba language and linguistics; and English and French as Second or Foreign languages.

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