Vol 16, No 2

Table of Contents

  1. Research Article
    Health Challenges and Environmental Problems of the City of Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo PDF
    Nzoussi Hilaire Kevin, Li Jiang Feng
    With urban growth uncontrolled today, African cities are faced with many problems that affect both the population and the environment. And, Pointe-Noire, oil industrial and economic capital of the Congo is not spared from its evils that undermine African cities. The major problem is that of the environment, which continues to attract the attention of researchers and sworn actors over the years. The urban environment of Pointe-Noire faces many challenges. This is due to the intense economic activities that develop but especially to the estimated oil production in thousands of barrels per day. The environmental issues are numerous and require adequate responses to save not only the planet earth that is more, in addition, threatened but also the human being who is in danger. In Pointe-Noire, pulmonary diseases, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and cholera are daily diseases encountered in hospitals in this ocean city. These health challenges and environmental problems require an appropriate response in order to save human beings from multiple dangers.

  2. Research Article
    Application of Micro Learning Resource in College English ESP Teaching PDF
    Xianjun Tan
    After joining WTO, China strengthens its external communication and the demand for talents qualified for foreign exchange expands as well. Under this background, many universities began to increase the training talents qualified for foreign exchange, ESP(English for specific purposes) teaching came into being and even became one part to implement the China's Bringing in and Going Out strategy.With the development of the era, the traditional mode of College English teaching has been restrained, and can not fully improve the quality of teaching.Based on the analysis of the current development of English teaching, this paper probes into the current application of micro learning resource in College English ESP teaching and its necessity and significance and provides reference for enhancing the application of micro learning resource.

  3. Research Article
    Critical Incidents During Collaboration of Students with Different Personality Profiles PDF
    Siew Fong Lin

    The objective of this study is to increase understanding on the collaborative writing process among students with different personality profiles. Students' behavioural styles were assessed using LEONARD Personality Inventory (LPI). The 100-item LPI questionnaire was administered to the students to discover their respective personality profiles. This case study involved five Mass Communication students from a private institution of higher learning in Malaysia. Collection of data was conducted using video recordings, interviews, diary entries and observations. There were significant critical incidents identified in the course of collaboration. They, in turn, had mixed results on the task performance. It is recommended that instructors prepare students prior to allowing them to participate in collaborative writing sessions. Thus, outcomes from the collaboration can be improved.

  4. Research Article
    Revisiting Violence in Rural Academic Settings: A School Killing Impacting Livingston High School and Considerations of Policy and Programs PDF
    Daniel Adrian Doss, Hilliard Lackey, David McElreath, Don Jones, Rebecca Goza, Jeremy Sheffield

    This article provides a discussion of violence with respect to educational environments involving a school shooting incident.  This article examines a rural shooting incident that occurred in Livingston, Alabama.  Discussions regarding the origins of school violence, preventive strategies, and violence control strategies are considered with respect to the crafting of policies and programs regarding the deterrence of school violence.  Perspectives of campus violence are presented with respect to a rural high school.  Various conclusions and recommendations regarding campus safety and campus security are provided.

  5. Research Article
    The Establishment of the Kongo in the Teke Territory of the Pool XVII-XXth Century PDF
    Dominique OBA, Nzoussi Hilaire Kevin
    This article was aimed at assessing the establishment of the Kongo in the Teke territory of the Pool XVII-XXth century. Furthermore, the article sought to explore how the Kongo settled on the Teke territory. The Teke space, as we know through the peoples who had occupied and occupied it, is almost the whole of the Republic of the Congo: from the foothills of the Mayombe to the Congolese basin, Alima and the Likouala. In the Congolese territory, hydronyms, toponymy, that is to say, the names of rivers, mountains, villages, and forests ... are enough to get an idea of the countries Teke once. Numerous results of researchers and researchers show that the Teke were the first to occupy the present area of the Republic of Congo in general and the department of the pool in particular. This study tries to trace the history of the occupation of the said territory by the Kongo considered as the new arrivals, and the heritage left by the Teke people in this space.

  6. Research Article
    Block Design Attributes and Residents Livability in Ogbomoso, Nigeria PDF
    Akindele O. Akin, Okanlawon S. A.
    The major brunt of inefficient planning is bore by residents within the area most proximal to their living, working, shopping or playing spaces. Against this background, the study analyses the livability correlates of block layout designs in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. Google Earth (2016) application was used to randomly capture 20 salient areas of the city using quadrant method. A questionnaire was also administered to 610 residents in a multi stage sampling procedure to elicit information on block layout performance and residents livability. Likert scaling was used to summarize ordinal data.  Chi-square was used to explain the variation in the quality of block design across residential areas. Regression analysis was also used to explain the relationship between the quality of block design and environmental liveability. A reliable interdependence was observed (R = .701) between residents liveability index (RLI) and block design index (BDI). The study thus recommended an active joint participation involving the government through town planners and the developers to foster efficient city design of blocks and to guarantee liveable communities.