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Department Of English Language & Linguistics

Brief History of DELL

The Department, like her counterparts in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, commenced her undergraduate academic programme for the award of Bachelor of Arts, English Language, in October, 2013. It began with the enrolment of 25 students who are currently at400 Level.

Philosophy, Aims and Objectives of the Degree Programme

In a country such as Nigeria, where English is an added language, a major official language, a lingua franca, and the language of instruction in the educational system, a high level of proficiency is expected from graduates of higher institutions, especially the Universities.  A higher level of competence and communicative skills is expected even more from graduates of English.

This is why there is a need for devoting greater attention to the achievement of improved knowledge of English and the acquisition of adequate oral and written skills in it.  English graduates from Nigerian Universities should be clearly and positively identified with adequate proficiency in pronunciation, articulateness in speech, correctness of grammar and usage, elegance and style in diction in the choice of an appropriate variety of English for use in the various administrative and professional job opportunities available in the labour market, in literary and creative writing domains, and in postgraduate studies in English language and linguistics.

In addition, this programme is designed:

  1. To train students to acquire adequate communicative competence in both the spoken and written varieties of the English language, thereby giving them a good grounding and effective mastery of the language in its various applications to achieve adequate self-expression and self-actualisation.
  2. To equip the students with the knowledge of the forms and features of the varieties of English used in different professional domains such as business communication, legal communication, electronic broadcast media, print journalism, advertising and sports commentaries, book publishing, and biography writing.
  3. To equip the students with adequate linguistic knowledge of the English Language through a detailed study of its sound system, its lexicon, its syntax, its semantics, its use and usage.
  4. To adequately prepare the students to pursue postgraduate studies in English Language, Linguistics, and to take up teaching and research at the appropriate level of education.
  5. To orient students towards self-employment by focusing on skills such as writing (e.g. of articles in magazines, of speeches; designing and presenting special programmes on radio or TV, designing and publishing magazines etc.), creative writing, and other kinds of original output through independent thought, inventiveness and creativity.
  6. To enable students to overcome deficiencies in their spoken and writing English.

Admission Requirements

Apart from satisfying the University entry requirements, prospective students applying for B.A English Language Programme are expected to have the following:

  1. UTME: 4 Year Degree Programme

a. 5 credit level passes in the SSCE/NECO/GCE (O/L) examinations in relevant subjects                      including English Language (and with Literature in English is added advantage).  In addition              to this, an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is                      required.

ii. Direct Entry (DE): 3-Year Degree Programme

  1. A minimum of 2 GCE (Advanced Level) passes one of which must be Literature in English with additional three credits in the West African School Certificate (WASC), General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level or NECO.
  2. Two passes (One must be Literature in English) at the IJMB Examination or its equivalent with three Ordinary Level Passes.
  3. Two merits (one must be from English Language/Literature) in NCE with School Certificate Credits in three other subjects.
  4. Diploma in Mass Communication obtained from a reputable sinstitution with at least Lower Credit and five Ordinary Level Credits.