Philosophy and Objectives of the Programme
In a country where English as an added language, a major official language, a lingua franca, and the language of instruction in the educational system, a high level of proficiency in it is usually expected from the 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, articulation 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 language and literature.
Thus the Department of English Language and Literary Studies aims at providing the intellectual knowledge and training that prepare its students for life, giving them pragmatic education, sound knowledge of the linguistic theories and functions of the English Language and literary studies, in order to equip them satisfactorily with the language skills required for excellent communication in all fields of human activity. The department is determined to maintain world standards in English language and Literary studies and offer students refinement, creativity and intellectualism to make highly relevant to contemporary content.
In addition to these objectives, this programme is designed:
- 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- actualization.
- 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.
- To equip the students with adequate linguistic knowledge of the English Language through a detailed study of its sound system, its lexicon, its syntax, semantics and usage.
- 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.
- To orient students towards self-employment by a focus on skills such as writing (for example of articles in magazines, of speeches; designing and presenting special programmes on radio or television, designing and publishing magazines etc), creative writing, and other kinds of original output through independent thought, inventiveness and creativity.
- To enable students to overcome deficiencies in their English
- To train students to gain greater refinement of character and personality development through language and literary studies.
- To make students conversant with the major landmarks in the development of English and African literatures.
The cardinal mission of the Department of English Language and Literary Studies is to provide quality, elaborate and current training in English Language and Literature in English for effective communication in personal, corporate and national situations, it is the desire of the department to cultivate adequate understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the two key aspects of human life and existence; language and literature thereby producing students who can creatively, critically and effectively participate in civil and professional life in society. The mission also undertakes the drive in the provision of intellectual skills necessary for active involvement in political, civic and cultural affairs.
Vision of the Department
Department of English Language and Literary Studies is founded on the philosophy that intellectual knowledge and training should be made to prepare its students for life, through pragmatic education, sound knowledge of the linguistic theories and functions of the English Language and literary studies. The vision of the department seeks to produce students with clear understanding and comprehension of English Language and Literature, which in turn, will inform their critical thinking and writing skills. As such, it is within the department’s vision to produce students of high intellectual competence, who will see themselves as professionals equipped with skills, abilities and capacities that will place them relevantly in the teaching world, business and corporate environment, or further studies anywhere in the world.
Admission and Graduation Requirements
General University Requirements
- 5 credit level passes in the SSCE/NECO/GCE (O’L) examination in relevant subjects including English language and Literature in English for the 4-year ( 8 Semester) programme.
- A minimum of 2 GCE (Advanced Level) passes, one of which must be Literature in English, for the3-year (6-semester) programme.
- Completed and passed ALL the courses he / she registered for, including all compulsory courses and elective courses as may be offered by the department.
- Obtained a minimum CGPA specified by the University but not less than 1.5
Duration and Unit Values of the Courses
The full degree programme is to last for four years. Candidates need a minimum of 120 credit units to qualify for award of a degree. The courses may be rearranged semester wise within the same level/year provided the integrity of the whole programme is maintained.
The department’s degree programme is designed to award a B.A. (Honours) English and Literary Studies.