African Language Program Preceptor
Taiwo Oluwaseun Ehineni is a Preceptor of African Languages in the department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He earned a PhD in Linguistics with concentration in African Languages from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a MA in Linguistics from the same university. He also has an MA in English from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria). He was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University, where he helped in establishing the Yoruba language program, which now has all levels (elementary to advanced) of language instruction. He taught Yoruba at the African Studies Program at Indiana University from 2013 – 2019. Dr Ehineni’s research focuses on various aspects of African linguistics and languages. He is the author of over 15 academic articles in books and reputable journals including Journal of African Languages and Cultures, Language Matters, A Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Linguistics among others. A recipient of several awards including Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies fellowship, Patrick O’Meara Award, Africa Today Research Award, New Directions in Humanities 2016 Emerging Scholar Award among others. He is also a Yoruba language consultant for ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and has participated in series of ACTFL Yoruba Standards Setting Project. He is a Yoruba language specialist for ALTA Language Services where he assisted in developing the current comprehension (ILR 2 and 3+ levels) module being used to evaluate Yoruba proficiency. He is also interested in language technology and has been the Yoruba and Nigerian English Linguist for series of Lionbridge technology company language projects.