African Languages and Culture

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About the Department

Undergraduate Degree
Ba African Languages And Culture Honours Degree
Masters Degree
Master Of Arts In African Languages And Culture Degree

Department of African Languages and Culture

Guiding Philosophy and Objective

The guiding philosophy of the Department of African Languages and Culture at Midlands State University is that African languages are rich store houses of the African people’s social consciousness and their practical-cum-cultural apprehension of the world. The major objective of the department is to bring to the limelight the potential contribution of African languages, African Culture, worldview, values, and philosophy of life to the development of the African society and the world at large.

The department hopes to achieve this vision through the study of and research in:

African oral literature in all its diverse forms.
Contemporary African literature in written form.
Creative writing skills with major focus on children’s literature.
Comparative African Linguistic Structures.
The Dynamics of African orthographies (writing systems).
Indigenous African language translations and lexicographers (the art and craft of dictionary making).
The place of traditional and contemporary African culture in the wider spectrum of global socio-economic development.
What former students say about the programmes:

Contrary to the general perception by prospective and current students, this is a very marketable programme with diverse career options; my experience has proved that with this programme, the classroom is not an absolute destiny is you have vision. Marcyline Masimba Chirochierwa (B.A Hons African Languages and Culture- 2002-2006). She is now District Supervisor with CARE International Zimbabwe in Masvingo.

“The department has got exceptionally, well organized honours and masters programmes with up to date set of modules which provides a perfect balance of theory and practice ultimately produces versatile graduands who can easily cross disciplines both in occupation and the academia.” Phillip Mpofu (B.A 2002-2006, M.A in African Languages and Culture- 2007-2008). He is now a lecturer in the African Languages and Culture Department at the Midlands State University.
Programmes

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts in African Languages and Culture

The department of African Languages and Culture, in line with the Mission Statement of the Midlands State University whose catch words are “ Our hands, Our minds, Our destiny” seeks to produce a graduate who:

Will be able to fuse together theoretical concepts and practical applications
Will be able to recognize the dignity of labour by utilizing the hands-on-approach in solving the pressing challenges in society.
Will be an entrepreneur and an employer rather than an employee.
A producer of new ideas geared towards restoring the dignity and value of indigenous African languages and the cultural values they carry.
Will be able to define not only his/her destiny but also that of his /her fellow countrymen by cherishing the African value systems, which values can free the African Society from the tentacles of neo- colonialism.

Admission Requirements:
Generally, it is those students who would have studied a particular language at advanced level who will be accepted for undergraduate studies except in situations where the applicant is accepted for undergraduate studies accepted on mature or other special entry. While there may be no hard and fast rules as the other subjects that a prospective student may take at advanced level it is desirable and to the best of interest of the student that Arts subjects are taken. The programme equips students with linguistic and cultural theories to tackle problems.

Career Prospects

Editorial fields in publishing Houses and Media organizations
Communication/Cultural officers, policy makers in Government Departments and Non-Governmental Organizations
Translators/Interpreters e.g. Courts of Law
Theatre artists, producers, actors, scriptwriters in the theatre and film industries.
Broadcasters for radio and television
Teachers in various disciplines
Officers in speech therapy services or any other Government Departments
Facilitators in non-governmental organizations
Ethnography

Postgraduate

Master of Arts in African Languages and Culture

The M.A Degree in African Languages and Culture is an 18-month programme offered on a full-time basis. It is offered on part-time basis for a period of two years. It intends to equip students with an advanced understanding of the African linguistic and cultural landscape. The department believes that unless African languages and cultures are promoted meaningfully, development will remain elusive in Zimbabwe. The programme aims to equip students with relevant linguistic and cultural theories to tackle practical problems in this area in Africa. The major objective of this programme is to produce students who will have the practical know-how and skill to advance African languages and culture in a meaningful way.

Entry requirements

Applicants to M.A in African Languages and Culture programme should normally hold an Honours degree in a relevant field (African Languages, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies) with at least Upper Second (2.1) pass from this university or any other recognized university. Lower Second (2.2) passes may be considered for mature entry.
Career prospects

Academia- lecturers, research fellows etc
Editorial fields in publishing Houses and Media organizations
Communication/Cultural officers, policy makers in Government Departments and Non-Governmental Organizations.
Translators/Interpreters e.g. in tourism industry, embassies, Courts of Law etc

Regulations

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the University’s General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes, hereinafter referred to as the General Regulations.

1.2 The guiding philosophy of the Department of African Languages and Culture at Midlands State University is that African Languages are a rich storehouse of the African people’s social consciousness and their practical cum- cultural appreciation of the world. The major objective of the department is to bring to the limelight the potential contribution of African Languages, African Culture, Worldview, Values and Philosophy of life to the development of the African society and the world at large.

2. OBJECTIVES

The Department ;of African Languages and Culture, in line with the motto of the Midlands State University “Our hands, Our minds, Our destiny” seeks to produce a graduate who will be able to:

2.1 fuse together theoretical concepts and practical applications,

2.2 recognize the dignity of labour by utilizing the hands-on-approach in solving the pressing challenges in society,

2.3 be an entrepreneur and an employer rather than an employee,

2.4 value indigenous African languages and the cultural values they carry, and

2.5 define not only his/her destiny but also that of others by cherishing the African value systems, which will free the African society from the tentacles of neo-colonialism.

3. CAREER PROSPECTS

3.1 Students who graduate with a degree in African Languages and Culture are likely to work as: editors in publishing and media organisations, language planners and policy makers, translators, research personnel in government and non-government organisations, teachers and lecturers, cultural officers, court interpreters, broadcasters for radio and television, producers, directors, actors and scriptwriters in theatre and film industries.

4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

4.1 Normal Entry

4.1.1 To qualify for normal entry a candidate must have obtained at least 5 `O’ Level passes or the equivalent, including English Language and an African Language. The candidate must have obtained a pass at `A’ Level in an African Language and at least any one relevant Humanities subject.

4.2 Special Entry

Refer to Section 3.2 of the General Regulations.

4.3 Mature Entry

Refer to Section 3.2 of the General Regulations.

5. GENERAL PROVISIONS

5.1 Each examination paper shall be three hours long.

5.2 A candidate is required to undertake a minimum of five (5) modules per Semester unless one is carrying over or retaking certain modules from one academic level or semester respectively.

6. ASSESSMENT

6.1 Normally, evaluation shall be based on continuous assessment as well as examinations. Continuous assessment shall contribute 25% and examinations shall contribute 75% of the overall assessment. A student who fails to submit two thirds of the continuous assessment shall not be permitted to write the examination.

7. WORK RELATED LEARNING GENERAL GUIDELINES

Refer to Section 10 of the General Regulations.

8. FAILURE TO SATISFY EXAMINERS

Refer to Section 9 of the General Regulations.

9. DEGREE CLASSIFICATION

Refer to Section 9 of the Facultyof Arts Regulations.

10. DEGREE WEIGHTING

Refer to Section 11 of the Faculty of Arts Regulations.

11. PROVISION FOR PROGRESSION

Refer to Section 6 of Faculty of Arts Regulations.

12. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

NB: The electives may be chosen from within the department or from other departments.

CODE MODULE DESCRIPTION CREDITS
Level 1 Semester 1
HAFL 101 Introduction to African Languages and Literature 4
HAFL 102 Phonetics and Phonology 4
HAFL 103 Speech styles and their Social Context 4
HCS 115 Introduction to InformationTechnology 4
CS 101 Communication Skills 4
Level 1 Semester 2
HAFL104 Trends in Contemporary African Poetry 4
HAFL105 Morphology and Syntax 4
HAFL106 Developments in Orthography 4
HAFL108 Introduction to Name Studies 4
CS102 Extended Communication Skills 4
Level 2 Semester 1
HAFL 201 Language, Culture and Development 4
HAFL 202 Theories of Literature and Criticism 4
HAFL 206 Drama for Development 4
HAFL 207 Children’s Literature 4
GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4
Level 2 Semester 2
HAFL 203 Research Methods in Languages, Literature and Culture 4
HAFL 204 Translation and Interpretation Studies 4
HAFL 205 African Traditional Literature and Philosophy 4
HAFL209 Psycholinguistics 4
HAFL 212 HIV/AIDS and Culture in Zimbabwe 4
Level 3 Semester 1 and 2
HAFL 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
HAFL 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
HAFL 303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10
Level 4 Semester 1 (3 Core Modules +2 Electives)
HAFL 401 Dialectology 4
HAFL 402 Developments in Lexicography 4
HAFL 407 African Cultural Heritage and Tourism 4
HAFL 408 Culture and Counseling Studies 4
HAFL 409 Heritage and Cultural Management Studies 4
Level 4 Semester 2 (Add at least 2 electives)
HAFL 403 Dissertation 8
HAFL 404 Trends in Contemporary African Novel 4
HAFL 406 Culture and Sustainable Development 4
Electives
HAFL 107 Introduction to Computers 4
HAFL 208 Creative Writing 4
HAFL 210 Language Policy and Planning 4
HAFL 211 Theoretical Foundations of Heritage and Culture Studies 4
HAFL 405 Trends in Contemporary African Drama 4
HAFL410 Oral Media and Communication in Africa 4

 

NB Not all electives will be on offer in any given year. Electives on offer will depend on availability of teaching staff.

13. MODULE SYNOPSES

HAFL 101 Introduction to African Languages Literature

This module introduces the students to the study of aspects of various forms of Literature in African Languages and their sub-divisions. Special emphasis will be placed on historical development of genres and appreciation of their strengths and limitations. Focus will be on narrative fiction, poetry and drama.

HAFL 102 Phonetics and Phonology

The module introduces and further gives an in-depth study of a number of concepts that the students will need for describing speech sounds and for analyzing various speech sounds. The module analyses speech sounds in terms of their places and manners of articulation: permissible and non-permissible sequences etc.

HAFL 103 Speech Styles and their Social Context

The module focuses on the sociolinguistics of language which is a crucial areas of study of speech styles and their social contexts. It is geared towards demonstrating that effective communication can only be realized by recognizing the importance of both social linguistic variables in any given event.

HCS115 Introduction to Information Technology

Refer to the Department of Computer Science

CS101 Basic Communication Skills

The module is aimed at assisting students to achieve full academic potential through equipping them with the necessary communication skills essential for their degree studies.

HAFL 104 Trends in Contemporary African Poetry

The module uses selected anthologies to make an in depth study of oral and written poetry as a type of creative art. The study will entail an examination of the various interpretations of poetry, its style and function. The module also seeks to discuss and critically evaluate African poetry in the context of pre-colonial, and post-colonial era.

HAFL 105 Morphology and Syntax

The module on morphology and syntax deals with the study of language from the level of a morpheme up to the sentence. The morphology part of the module focuses on phrases and clauses. Syntax is at a much higher level in that it deals mainly with the stringing together or concatenation of words, phrases and clauses.

HAFL 106 Developments in Orthography

The module is essentially a historical review of the writing systems in African Languages. The work of early missionaries in compiling orthographies for Bantu Languages is reviewed. The module also seeks to explore and critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of current orthographies for Bantu languages.

CS102 Extended Communication Skills

The module is aimed at creating in students an awareness of skills of thinking personal organization and language use necessary for academic success as well as expose students to business writing skills that make professional communication endurable and enjoyable

HAFL107 Introduction to Computers

This module is provided for all those who are not familiar with computers. It is an introductory module which aims to equip students with basic computer skills. Students will be taught the basics of working with a computer as well as the use of common software packages. At the end of the module, students should be able to use the internet and process language documents using the computer.

HAFL 108 Introduction to Name Studies

The module introduces name studies within the field of linguistics. It seeks too show the numerous research possibilities in the study of names. It leads students through the history of name studies and current trends. It also seeks to expose the students to functions and significance of names in different cultural and social contexts.

HAFL 201 Language, Culture and Development

This module seeks to evoke scholarly debate on the role of local languages and culture in addressing developmental issues in the country. As a core it will also introduce students to some aspects of traditional African philosophy, word view and how these can be incorporated into the mainstream of cultural development.

HAFL 202 Theories of Literature and Criticism

The module introduces the students to the study of critical appreciations of literature as a creative reproduction of reality. Focus is on the study of works of art and that of testing and assessing the strengths and limitations of each critical theory in addressing the historical, social, political and ideological dimensions of art itself.

HAFL 203 Research Methods in Languages, Literature and Culture

This module introduces the student to the essentials of research in African Languages and Culture. The module seeks to prepare students for the Honours dissertation and the Work Related Learning Report.

GS201 Introduction to Gender Studies

Refer to the Department of Gender Studies.

HAFL 204 Translation and Interpretation Studies

Generally, translation is the interpretation of information from one language (SL) to another (TL). This module seeks to explore the theories of translation, the limitations and the application of these theories of translation to African languages. One of the major questions to be addressed by this module is “do we translate word units or the sense contained in a complete sentence?” This module seeks to examine the gains and losses encountered in the process of translation.

HAFL 205 African Traditional Literature and Philosophy

This is a study of African oral culture, through an examination of the people’s oral art forms. Major thrust of the module is on tales, rituals, cults, proverbs, riddles, praises, traditional dances, songs, myths, legends, registers, beliefs etc.

HAFL 206 Drama for Development

The module is primarily a theoretical study of drama and its role in national development. Focus will be on literary drama, television, radio and stage drama as modes of articulating developmental issues.

HAFL 207 Children’s Literature

This module introduces the students to the skills of writing children’s literature. It also provides the student with an opportunity to use his/her imagination in creating art for children as opposed to adult literature.

HAFL 208 Creative Writing

The module offers the students an opportunity to use their imaginations and observation of their surrounding in creating work of art, eg short stories, poems plays etc.

HAFL 209 Psycholinguistics

Different issues pertaining to the study of the relationship between language and the mind are dealt with in this module. Some of the aspects to be covered include: the nature and function of languages, language acquisition theories and theories of comprehension. The application of these theories to specific African languages will also be explored.

HAFL 210 Language Policy and Planning

This module introduces students to language policy formulation and implementation in Zimbabwe. It also defines scopes of language planning and models of planning languages.

HAFL 211 Theoretical Foundations of Cultural and Heritage Studies

This is an introductory module to the broader discipline of heritage and culture studies. The module is historical in its approach in that it seeks to trace the development of heritage and culture as a discipline. Some of the issues covered in this module include cultural-anthropologies, cultural relativists, neo-liberals and modernists. The controversies surrounding the discipline of heritage and culture, the gaps in existing literature on the subject as well as challenges for heritage and culture are also covered in this module. Overall, the module seeks to empower the students with a solid conceptual approach to the study of African heritage and culture.

HAFL 212 HIV/AIDS and Culture in Zimbabwe

The module examines the consequences of HIV/AIDS on the traditional support network of young and older persons in Zimbabwe. It will critically analyze the cultural and social-economic factors associated with high risky sexual behavior in our country. Also a cultural approach to information, education and communication programmes on sexual behavioral change will be sought so that students prepare themselves for a better tomorrow.

HAFL 401 Dialectology

The module seeks to provide the student with some knowledge of African dialects and how the different dialects are related to each other. The module is comparative in nature as it seeks to highlight the cognate equivalent of linguistics elements from related dialects.

HAFL 402 Developments in Lexicography

The module covers such aspects as the guiding principles in making dictionary entries, the different approaches to headword selection, defining formats and lemmatization. It is in this module that considerations on what to define in a dictionary are explored, that is, do we define the word (signifier) or the concepts being in a referred to (the signified)?. Students will also have the opportunity to review dictionaries complied for different African languages with the view of establishing the guiding principles behind the compilations.

HAFL 403 Dissertations

The dissertation will be expected to be between 9 000 and 10 000 words, or 45 to 50 pages of font 12 with double line spacing and it should be in the area of African Languages and Culture.

HAFL 404 Trends in Contemporary African Novel

The module examines theories of the novel as a literary genre in its historical context. Students are expected to identify sensibilities and literary productions of each author in the context of development in African Languages literature as it relates to political and socio-economic of cultural values.

HAFL 405 Trends in Contemporary African Drama

This module uses selected texts to make an in-depth study of drama as creative art. It is demanding in terms of the theories of drama, comparative analysis and texts analysis.

HAFL 406 Culture and Sustainable Development

The module is a study of culture which should be perceived not only as development of the arts related activities or as protection and socialization of the cultural heritage, but as everything associated with humanity and human development.

HAFL 407 African Cultural Heritage and Tourism

This module seeks to explore the role of African Cultural heritage in tourism development. Thus, such issues as the commoditization of heritage and culture and their implications for sustainable development are covered in this module. Overally, the module seeks to critically look at the role and place of African cultural heritage in the ongoing academic discourses on sustainable tourism development.

HAFL 408 Culture and Counselling Studies

This module examines theories of counseling and qualities of counselors. Counseling ethics and approaches used to counsel youths and adults are also discussed.

HAFL 409 Heritage and Cultural Management Studies

This module focuses on the entire spectrum of environment functions and its influence on the existence and development of cultural-heritage resources in the environment. The essence of this module is to ensure the utilization of cultural-heritage resources in the environment.

HAFL 410 Oral Media and Communication in Africa

The module is a study of oral media in Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the traditional forms of communication and how they have contributed to the development of new methods of communication. In a nutshell, the module aims to conscientise the students that media did not come with the print and electronic but was a phenomenon which already existed in Africa.

MASTER OF ARTS IN AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE (MAFL)

1. PREAMBLE

1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the University’s General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes, hereinafter referred to as the General Regulations.

1.2 The Master of Arts Degree in African Languages and Culture (MAFL) is an eighteen-month programme offered on a full time basis. The programme intends to equip students with an advanced understanding of the African linguistic and cultural landscape. The Department believes that unless African Languages and cultures are promoted meaningfully, development will remain elusive in Zimbabwe.

2. OBJECTIVES

2.1 The programme aims to equip students with relevant linguistic and cultural theories to tackle practical problems in this area in Africa.

2.2 The major objective of this programme is to produce students who will have the practical know-how and skill to advance African languages and culture in a meaningful way.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to this programme should normally hold an Honours Degree in a relevant field (African Languages, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, English) with a good honours degree may be considered for entry. The Department may, at the discretion of the Departmental Board, require an applicant to attend a pre-admission interview or examination to satisfy itself of the candidate’s ability to complete the programme applied for. Eligibility will not guarantee admission.

4. GENERAL PROVISIONS

4.1 Each module offered at M.A carries six (6) credits. (Refer to Section 26 of the General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees.

4.2 The total number of credits required for the Master of Arts shall be at least 48.

4.3 Examinations will normally be taken at the end of each semester for each module on the dates to be advised by the University Examinations Office.

4.4 To be admitted to any of the examinations of the degree, the student must:

4.4.1 be registered for the degree with the Midlands State University in accordance with the General Regulations for students,

4.4.2 have attained continuous assessment marks, and

4.4.3 have attended at least 80% of the lectures offered in the module for which the examination is to be sat.

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1 Overall assessment shall be based on continuous assessment and formal examinations

5.2 Assignments related to the objectives of the programme will be set. These may include, but not limited to essays, group presentations, tests and reports.

5.3 A candidate who fails to fulfill continuous assessment requirements may be barred from sitting for examinations.

5.4 Examinations

5.4.1 Examinations shall normally be written at the end of the semester

5.4.2 Each module shall include in its mode of assessment a written examination which is, at most, three (3) hours long.

5.5 In determining marks for modules, weighting shall be as follows:

Continuous assessment 50%

Examinations 50%

6. PROVISION FOR PROGRESSION

Students shall retain credits for modules passed. All module work must be completed before registering for the dissertation.

7. PUBLICATION OF RESULTS

See Section 4.2 of the General Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees

8. DEGREE STRUCTURE

8.1 Full time programmes which shall be three semesters in duration shall be structured as follows:

Code Module Description Credits
Level 1 Semester 1
Core Modules
MAFL 701 Zimbabwean Literature in Relation to African & Diasporan Literature 6
MAFL 702 Culture and Sustainable Development 6
MAFL 703 Language Planning and Policy in Africa 6
Elective Modules
MAFL 704 Translation and Interpretation Studies 6
MAFL 705 Comparative Bantu Phonology 6
MAFL 706 History and Theory of Literary Criticism 6
Level 1 Semester 2
Core Modules
MAFL 708 Corpus Linguistics 6
MAFL 709 African Oral Literature and Culture 6
MAFL 715 Advanced Research Methods in Languages, Literature and Culture 6
Elective Modules
MAFL 707 The Novel in African Culture 6
MAFL 710 Comparative Bantu Morphology and Syntax 6
MAFL 711 Semantics and Pragmatics 6
MAFL 712 Terminology 6
MAFL 713 Theories of Language Learning 6
MAFL 714 Theoretical Foundations of Heritage and Culture Studies 6
Level 2 Semester 1
MAFL 870 Dissertation 12

9. MODULE SYNOPSES

MAFL 701 Zimbabwean Literature in Relation to African and Diasporan Literature.

This module is a survey of the background to the development of Zimbabwean literature as a literary form and as a document of culture. It focuses on appropriate Zimbabwean works to debate the changing cultural, historical and philosophic relations which define literary production in modern Zimbabwean societies in relation to diasporan literatures. The appreciation of poetry focusing on the works of well known poets drawn from various cultural backgrounds will be studied. The study of drama as both a literary form and as a theatrical experience shall be done.

MAFL 702 Culture and Sustainable Development

The module is a detailed study of culture. Students are taught how to promote cultural approaches to sustainable development, the development of capacity building programmes and the promotion of programmes with respect to biodiversity conservation, geo-sciences and geo-ecology, land resources management using culture.

MAFL 703 Language Planning and Policy in Africa

This module examines deliberate efforts to promote African culture especially by African governments through legislature. Any serious development initiatives cannot afford to ignore the necessity of both language and cultural planning and policy in Africa.

MAFL 704 Translation and Interpretation Studies

This module surveys the field of translation and interpretation studies and the practice of translation as a profession, which is guided by standards and ethics. It introduces the methodological approaches and procedures in rendering a text into another language. It focuses on the analysis of the text structure and discusses the different approaches to text analysis. The module develops creative interpretive skills by addressing key topics such as public speaking, sight interpretation and discourse analysis. It also examines the use of information technology in translation, the development and limitations of machine translation and the use of translation memory.

MAFL 705 Comparative Bantu Phonology

This module is a study of language origins and change in Bantu languages especially in the field of phonology. The emphasis is clearly on Bantu diachronic linguistics. It clarifies the linguistic situation in Zimbabwe by looking into the languages of Southern Africa. Language families are discussed at great length focusing on the two major languages families that constitute the linguistics mosaic of multilingual Zimbabwean Languages.

MAFL 706 History and Theory of Literary Criticism.

This module aims at developing the techniques of formal appreciation and criticism of literary works. Focus shall be on practical application of concepts developed from an appreciation of literary texts, focusing on fictional works drawn from various geographical and cultural backgrounds. The module introduces students to the philosophical and artistic ideas and theories found in African literature of which Zimbabwe is a part. It is a survey of modern critical methods, from its origins in modern scientific thought, to the specific interpretative strategies for the study of literary texts as defined by the romantic aesthetic and moral traditions.

MAFL 707 The Novel in African Culture

Students shall study novels whose protagonists experience traditional life in the village as well as modern life in the cities or abroad. For a better understanding of these novels, we shall read non-fictional texts on African literature, history and society.

MAFL 708 Corpus Linguistics

This module covers the following topics: history, theoretical issues, key concepts and applications of corpusbased analysis; different types of corpora and issues involved in compiling a corpus; applications of corpora in applied linguistics; corpus annotation issues and techniques; introduction to using concordance software for concording and making wordlists; forming queries; interpreting concordance line and applications of corpora in language teaching.

MAFL 709 African Oral Literature and Culture

The module provides the reason and relevance of poetry in the African Society Theories on the origin of folklore and cultural approaches to the study of oral literature are studied. Application of these approaches to the selected body of African folktales is done. The module analyses praise poems and clan praises in their historical and stylistic context.

MAFL 710 Comparative Bantu Morphology and Syntax

Detailed elements of Bantu morphology and syntax are examined and compared with other African languages. Students will learn to demonstrate their understanding of the relationship of grammatical categories and their functions in the Bantu sentences; their ability to work logically through the process of analyzing a sentence; their understanding of the application of accepted linguistic theory to syntactic data; their understanding of specific language concepts effectively, by both oral and written means; their ability to work effectively in groups sharing tasks equally and recognizing and managing their own skills and weaknesses.

MAFL 711 Semantics and Pragmatics

Detailed analysis of pragmatics (with discussion of deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech act and relevance theory); the relationship between semantics and pragmatics, the interface between syntax and pragmatics and the interaction between sociolinguistics and pragmatics will be studied.

MAFL 712 Terminology

This module examines concepts and principles of term creation or formation. Topics in this module include: dimensions of terminology, corpus based terminology and terminology management. Strategies of term creation shall also be examined including borrowing, compounding, de-iphonisation, paraphrasing and others. The interface between terminology and translation studies and lexicography shall be studied.

MAFL 713 Theories of Language Learning

The module examines the different perspectives on language learning/acquisition. The main focus will be on the behaviourist and cognitive theories. The module also focuses on the sequence and processes of languages acquisition. The question to keep in mind is how can the knowledge of children’s language acquisition help us to contribute towards the development of our society? A significant portion of the time shall be devoted to second language learning processes examining a variety of factors that have been thought to be related to second language acquisition.

MAFL 714 Theoretical Foundations of Heritage and Cultural Studies

The module is historical in its approach in that it seeks to trace the development of heritage and culture as a discipline. Some of the issues covered in this module include critique of the existing schools of thought on heritage and culture which include cultural anthropologists, cultural relativists, neo-liberals and modernists.

MAFL 715 Advanced Research Methods in Languages, Literature and Culture

The module provides training at an advanced level in a range of research methods. It equips students with advanced research skills in languages, literature and cultural studies. The major concerns of the module comprise qualitative/quantitative distinction, critical versus administrative research, the nature of social reality, research methodology, the analysis and presentation of qualitatively collected data.

MAFL 870 Dissertation

The dissertation is be expected to be between 15 000 to 20 000 words, or 150 pages of font 12 with double line spacing and it should be in the area of African Languages and Culture.

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Staff

Staff Members in the Department

Mr. Advice Viriri – Department Chairperson/Senior Lecturer (M.A- Unisa, B.A Sp Hons, B.A General- UZ, Grad C.E, UZ, Cert of Journalism- S.A). Modules taught- Speech Styles and their Social Contexts, Morphology and Syntax, Culture and Sustainable Development. Research Interests- African literature, Theatre and African Philosophy with post-colonial theories of literary analysis as guiding framework. Email- viriria@msu.ac.zw

Professor Wiseman Magwa– Full Professor (DLitt Phil- Unisa, M.Ed, B.A General, PGDE, and Grad C.E- UZ). Modules Taught- Developments in Orthography, Research Methods in Language, Literature and Culture; Language Policy and Planning. He is a renowned author of academic books, playwright, editor, examiner and novelist. To date he has published many, refereed journal articles, non refereed articles, and chapters in books. He is a language and theatre consultant starting at high school up to national level. His research interests are in language planning and policy making; African languages orthographies; Email- magwaw@msu.ac.zw

Professor William Lungisani Chigidi– Associate Professor (DLitt Phil, M.A- Unisa, B.A Hons, B.A General, Grad C.E- UZ. Modules Taught- Traditional Literature and Philosophy, Dialectology and Oral Literature and Culture. Have numerous publications which include plays, monographs, academic books, and articles in refereed journals and chapters in books. His Research interests lie in the area of indigenous knowledge systems, harmonization of Shona varieties, written and oral literature and Shona culture. Email: chigidiwl@msu.ac.zw

Ms Jesta Masuku. Senior Lecturer. (M.A, B.A. Hons, B.A. Gen, Grad. C.E- UZ). Modules taught- Translation and Interpretation Studies, Morphology and Syntax and African literature. masukuj@msu.ac.zw

Dr. William Zivenge- Lecturer (DLitt Phil- Unisa, M.A- UZ, B.A Hons (MSU), BTech- Pretoria). Modules taught- Psycholinguistics, Drama for Development, and Culture and Sustainable Development. His research interests lie in culture and generative linguistics. Email- zivengew@msu.ac.zw

Mr. Mandlenkosi Maphosa. Lecturer (M.A. – Leeds, M.A.- U.Z, B.A. Hons- UZ). Modules taught- Developments in Lexicography, Corpus Linguistics and Phonetics and Phonology. He is also the dissertation coordinator. His research interests lie in Lexicography, the minorities, culture and sustainable development. Currently he is working on a joint research project on the ‘Oral art forms of the minorities: a case of Venda and Sotho’. He is a member of the African association of Lexicographers. Email: maphosam@msu.ac.zw

Mr. Tyanai Charamba. Lecturer. (M.A, B.A sp Hons, B.A General, Grad C.E- UZ). Modules taught- Trends in Contemporary African Novel, Introduction to African Languages Literature. Research interests- Language choice and practice in the context of colonialism, neo-colonialism, nationalism and globalization. Email- charambat@msu.ac.zw

Mr. Charles Tembo. Lecturer (M.A- UZ, B.A Hons-MSU). Modules Taught- Theories of literature and Criticism, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, and Trends in Contemporary Poetry, Zimbabwean Literature in the context of African and Diaporan Literature. Research interests- Comparative literature. Email temboc@msu.ac.zw

Mr. Raphael Nhongo. Lecturer. (M.A, B.A Hons- MSU). Modules taught- Culture and Counseling. Research interest- prominent themes in post-independence Zimbabwean Literature; Onomastics; Historical linguistics and applied linguistics. Email- nhongor@msu.ac.zw

Mr. Phillip Mpofu. Lecturer (M.A, B.A Hons- MSU). Modules taught- Translation and Interpretation Studies, Theories of Literature and Criticism, Culture and Sustainable Development. Research Interests. Culture and development in Africa, language/culture and the media, African nationalism and national identity issues; . Email- phillip.mpofu@gmail.com

Ms Tendai Fortune Muringa. Lecturer. (M.A, B.A Hons- MSU). Modules taught- HIV/AIDS and Culture in Zimbabwe, Culture and Heritage Management, and Children’s Literature. Research interests- cultural anthropology, heritage and social development. Email- muringaft@msu.ac.zw or tendaimuringa@gmail.com .