Department of English


Tagline
The Department offers high quality training in English and various areas in linguistics.
Summary
We have distinguished ourselves as a department that trains highly qualified professionals with impeccable language skills. Our programmes are market driven and our graduates are assured of employment in:  teaching, the media, speech therapy, publishing, curriculum development, language testing, public relations, education consultancy,  language consultancy and the N.G.O world in general.
Fact sheet
The Department boasts of members of Staff whose expertise is sought after both at the national and regional levels in the areas of curriculum development, translation studies, language testing, the teaching of an integrated secondary school curriculum and multilingual issues.
Staff and Specialization

We have a committed team of 23 academic staff members who have various areas of specialization and interests. These include:
* Language and speech disorders
* Language learning and testing
* Translation studies
* Proof reading and editing
* Sociolinguistics
* Language pathology
* Language planning and education
* Theoretical Linguistics
* Multilingual Education
* English Grammar

The Department boasts of members of Staff whose expertise is sought after both at the national and regional levels in the areas of curriculum development, translation studies, language testing, the teaching of an integrated secondary school curriculum and multilingual issues.

Specialty and Branding
The Department offers the following courses:

*Certificate in Intensive English
*BA in English and Linguistics
*B.ed in English and Linguistics
*Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies
*MA in English and Linguistics
*MA in Applied Linguistics
*Ph.D in English and Linguistics

Course Structure and Units Offered
Students studying for the B.A degree may register for two (2) other subjects in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences apart from English and Linguistics in English. Those taking a B.ed degree are strongly advised to combine it with literature.

Study Mode
The Department offers both full time and institutional-based modes of study .Both our undergraduate programmes take 4 years, with students taking 2 to 4 units each semester while our certificate programme takes 6 months.

Postgraduate Students
Intake
There are currently 50 M.A. students in the Regular Programme and 200 students in the School Based mode of study.There are about 20 Ph.D students. We have both local and international postgraduate students.

Study Mode and Duration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Translation shall take a minimum of 18 months. The diploma is offered through course work, examination and research project
The M.A. degree in English and Linguistics and M.A. Applied Linguistics shall extend for a minimum period of 2 academic years. The Degree is offered according to the following patterns:

* Course work and Examination
* Course work, Examination and Thesis.

The Ph.D in English and Linguistics is offered through thesis only.

Resources
If you choose to enroll for the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies, M.A. in English and Linguistics, M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Ph.D in English and Linguistics, you will have unlimited access to our Resource Centre where you will find valuable reference books, dissertations, linguistics journals and audio visual facilities. We also promise you an ambient reading atmosphere.

Students Destinations
Our programmes are market driven and our graduates are assured of employment:: in teaching, journalism, languages and speech therapy, writing, language consultancy, Public Relations and the N.G.O world

 Replacent of Supervisors

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 List of Students Presenting their Proposal and Pre-Proposal November 2016

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 MA preproposals and MA proposal Wednesday 19/10/2016 in Nakuru campus.

>>>>>> MA preproposals and MA proposal Wednesday 19/10/2016 in Nakuru campus.


POSTGRADUATES’ (MA& PHD) PRE-PROPOSAL AND PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS SEPTEMBER 2016.

>>>>>>Postgraduates’ (Ma& Phd) Pre-Proposal And Proposal Presentations September 2016.


 PROPOSED POSTGRADUATES’ (MA& PHD) PRE-PROPOSAL AND PROPOSAL PRESENTATION SCHEDULE 2016.

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PRE-PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS AND PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS ON 3RD AND 4TH AUGUST 2016

>>>>>Pre-proposal and Proposals to be presensented on 3rd and 4th August, 2016


 PRESENTATION SLIDES ON THE TONE WORKSHOP HELD ON 16TH AND 17TH MAY 2016


 Tone Workshop 16th And 17th May
BRIEF
Although the vast majority of African languages are tonal, there are very few detailed descriptions of the tone systems in these languages. The goal of this workshop is to support further research on African tone systems by faculty and postgraduate students in several institutions. Among the topics to be covered are the following:

  • The background on what is known about the tone system in African languages.
  • The methods for studying tone systems.
  • The expectations that professional tonologists have in terms of publications and theses/ dissertation writing.

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List of Pre-proposals to be defended on 11th and 12th May 2016 and Proposals to be  presented on 18th and 19th May 2016 from the department of English and Linguistics.

>>>>Pre Proposal Presentation List 11th and 12th May 2016

>>>>Proposal Presentations List on 18th and 19th May 2016


List of pre-proposals to be presented in Nakuru Campus on Friday 1st April 2016 at 10:00AM

>>>>Pre Proposal Presentation List Nakuru Campus 1 April 2016


 List of Postgraduates who will be presenting their pre-proposals  on Wednesday 16th March 2016 and those who will be presenting their proposals on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

>>>>Pre-Proposals and Proposals Presentation List


 The Department of English and Linguistics is happy to announce that Prof Michael Marlo joined us on 5th January 2016. Prof Marlo is a Fulbright scholar from the Department of English, University of Missouri ,United States of America. He is running a research project entitled: Structure and Tone in Luyia. He is also contributing to the training of students in the documentation and description of understudied African languages in an effort to combat language endangerment. He is teaching research methods and phonology both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has already presented a seminar paper at the Department entitled: Combating Language Endangerment through Linguistic Documentation. It was very well received.
I would encourage all of us, staff and students alike, to tap into his wealth of experience. He leaves  at the beginning of June 2016.


 ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PRE-PROPOSAL AND PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS
This is to let all postgraduate students in the Department of English and Linguistics know that  the schedule of presentations will be as follows:

1.March 16th and 17th                               Pre-proposal presentations
2.March 23rd and 24th                              Proposal presentations
3.May 11th and 12                                      Pre-proposal presentations
4.May 18th and 19th                                  Proposal presentations
5.July 13th and 14th                                  Pre-proposal presentations
6.July 20th and 21st                                  Proposal presentations
7.September 14th and 15th                    Pre-proposal presentations
8.September 21st and 22nd                   Proposal presentations
9.November 9th and 10th                        Pre-proposal presentations
10.November 16th and 17th                    Proposal presentations

Those presenting proposals will be required to submit 6 copies to the Department.


List of Pre-proposals to be presented on 3-4th February, 2016 and 10th -11th February, 2016 by postgraduate students in the Department of English and Linguistics.

>>>>>Pre-Proposal Presentations List 1
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 Proposal presentations from the department of English and Linguistics to be presented by Postgraduate students on 3-4th February 2016 and 10th-11th February 2016
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 Preproposal & Proposal Presentations to be held on 3-4th February 2016 and 10th-11th February 2016
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KENYATTA UNIVERSITY LINGUISTICS CIRCLE SEMINAR
Invites you to a presentation on:
“Combatting language endangerment through linguistic documentation” By   Michael Marlo
A Fulbright scholar attached to the Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University

Abstract
Combatting language endangerment through linguistic documentation
In this informal presentation, I describe the background, goals, and preliminary results of work on my Fulbright grant, and my related research project, Structure and Tone in Luyia. This project involves the development of foundational descriptive linguistic materials on the phonology, morphology, and syntax of four varieties of Luyia: Bukusu, Logoori, Tiriki, and Wanga. A special emphasis is the tonal system of each language. As a Fulbright scholar, I am also contributing to the training of students in the documentation and description of understudied African languages in an effort to combat language endangerment.

DATE:  Thursday, 21st January 2016
TIME:  11.00a.m. – 12.00 Noon
VENUE:  Resource Centre, Department of English and Linguistics
ALL ARE WELCOME


 DR GEOFFREY MAROKO’S RESIGNATION

The Department of English and Linguistics wishes to announce the resignation of Dr Geoffrey Mokua Maroko who first joined us as a member of staff in September 2004. Dr Maroko, served the Department with utter dedication. Indeed, at one time he was ranked by the University as the best lecturer in the Department. He ably served in several key positions, including the following:
 Departmental ISO Coordinator
 Chairman, Departmental Field Trips Committee
 Deputy Chairman, Departmental Postgraduate Committee
 Departmental Representative at the School Curriculum Committee

He spearheaded the development of new curriculum in various fields of linguistics when the Department sought to become School of Languages and Linguistics.
He successfully supervised many postgraduate students and was always available for consultation even by those whom he was not supervising or teaching. Luckily, he has maintained close links with the
Department even after his departure.
As he settles down in his new work station, the Department wishes him the very best in his career. 


 RESIGNATION: DR DANIEL ORWENJO

We wish to announce the resignation of Dr Orwenjo who joined the Department in March 2004. He has moved to another public university on promotion. Dr Orwenjo has served the Department with utter dedication especially in his capacity as the Deputy Chair, Departmental Postgraduate Committee. Whatever he sets his mind to do, he gives it his best. He has been a great team player who has collaborated with students and colleagues to do research and publish.

Although he has promised to keep ties with the Department, he will be dearly missed. We do wish him the very best in his new work station.


1). Competitions
The English Club is planning to have a debating contest with Maasai Mara University during the trimester.
2). Workshops
The Department plans to invite Jigua Publishers to talk about publishing for commercial purposes
3). Pre-proposal and proposal presentations
These will be held in May


Department of English Proposal Presentation from 27th May to 28th May 2015

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Department of English defence scheduled from 4th February-6th February.

>>Download the defence schedule


Goodbye and Welcome

The Department wishes to announce that it has lost the services of several members of teaching staff and gained the services of others.

Those who have left are:Prof Martin Chege Njoroge,Dr Mathew Kinyua Karia

Those who have recently joined us are: Dr Gatitu Kiguru ,Dr Henry Nandelenga,Mrs Norah Atambo,Ms Loise Mwai Nakuru Campus Mr Maina Wakarindi and Mr Joshua Itumo congratulate

Congratulations to Dr Ruth Ndun’gu on her appointment as the Registrar, Corporate Affairs.

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SNIS Incubator Workshop:

Higher Education in Emergencies: The Potential of Open Educational Resourses and Virtual Learning in Fragile Contexts:
The workshop proposes to examine the education-fragility nexus with particular focus on access to higher education, quality and relevance of higher education management in emergencies.

Workshop themes:
1. Access to higher education in emergencies
2. Quality of virtual learning in fragility
3. Mapping of higher education domains
4. On-the-ground/in-the-field management/implementation models

Date:24& 25 November 2014, 09.00 to 17.15

Venue:Room 6050, Uni Mail, University of Geneva 40, bd du Pont d'Arve, 1205 Geneva

Registration:Register Online through this link

Deadline of Registration:15th November 2014

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Language policy and language education in Switzerland

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Seminar Presentation:

Theme: The Role of Spelling and Stress Placement in Predicting Transcription
Transcribing English words, whether phonemically or phonetically, can be stressful to the student of phonetics and phonology. More often than not, it is done by trial and error especially where vowels are concerned. This is mainly because English has 12 simple vowels while our indigenous languages have either five or seven. This variance makes it difficult for us to tell which English vowel will occur where. However, it is largely possible to overcome this challenge by mastering how spelling and stress placement influence transcription. By focusing on the simple vowels in English, this presentation will attempt to show how this can be done.

Date: 2/7/2014

Venue: Resource Centre, Department of English & Linguistics

Presenter: Dr. Phyllis W. Mwangi

Time: 11:00 a.m


Kenyatta University Linguistics Circle Seminar Invites you to a presentation on: We are the People”: Pronominal Selection and the Construction of Collective Identities in Kenyan Political Discourse’

by Dr. Ochieng Orwenjo >>Read More<<


MA and PhD Pre-proposal and Proposal presentations

Date: 26/6/2014 and 27/6/2014

Venue: Resource Centre, Department of English & Linguistics

Time: 9:00 a.m


 

 Kenyatta University Linguistics Circle Seminar Department of English & Linguistics
Invites you to a presentation on:
‘Dictionaries in a Multilingual Society: Challenges and Benefits.’ by

Dr. Ivo Vasiljev (PhD.)
Member of the Prague Linguistic Circle, Czech Republic.

Chair: Prof. Chege Githiora, Kenyatta University. >>Read More<<


 

 

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 Undergraduate


Graduate

Course Structure
Students studying for a B.A degree may register for English and linguistics and two (2) other subjects in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Those taking B.Ed  are strongly advised to combine it with literature.
Study Mode and Duration
The Department offers its programmes in the regular, digital and institutional-based modes of study. Both our undergraduate programmes take 4 years, with students taking two (2) to four (4) units each semester while our certificate programmes take six months divided into two semesters. The Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies shall take a minimum of 18 months. The diploma is offered through course work, examination and research project. The M.A degree in English and Linguistics and M.A. in Applied Linguistics shall extend for a minimum period of two (2) academic years. The Degree is offered according to the following patterns:

  • Course work, examination and project
  • Course work, examination and thesis

The Ph.D in English and Linguistics is offered through thesis only and takes three (3) years.

Master of Arts

Entry Requirements

  • The Common regulations for all Masters degrees in the University shall apply.
  • The general requirements for all Masters degrees in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) shall apply.
  • The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Arts of in the Department:


A holder of at least Upper Second Class honors Bachelors degree with English/or Linguistics.

Duration and Pattern of the Course

  • The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and the Master of Arts in English and Linguistics shall extend over a period of 18 months.
  • Both courses will be taught according to the following patterns.
    Either
    • Option A: Coursework, examination and project
      or
    • Option B: Coursework, Examination and Thesis.
  • In the first year all students will take 8 units (in addition to the School Unit), 4 of which will be core and 4 electives.
  • In the second year, students taking option (A) will take four (4) units in the first semester two (2) of which will be core and two (2) electives. In the second semester, they will carry out research and write a project equivalent to 4 units.
  • Students following option 'B' will carry out their research, write and submit a thesis.
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

Masters in English and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy( Phd) in Linguistics

Preamble
General studies in English language and linguistics are core in any university for they lead to careers in diverse fields. The market for grammarians and linguists has continued to broaden to areas such as teaching, lexicography, translation, media and language and speech therapy among others. There is a shift in the job market that includes shifts within the industrial, cultural and social paradigms that encourages consumers to look for information and skills that satisfy their linguistic goals.
The Department seeks to redefine the role of linguists in academics and language-related fields. It trains professionals in the English language and linguistics better suited to meet the challenges that linguistic diversity poses for the Kenyan academia and the society at large, today and in the future.

Rationale
The Department of English and Linguistics, one of the oldest and well-established departments in the country, believes that there is a dire need to train people who are well-grounded in English grammar and all areas of linguistics. English grammar is the foundation upon which all the language skills are anchored. It is important to master English grammar now that it is the medium of instruction right from mid -primary to the tertiary level. In linguistics, special attention is given to African languages because many of the theories in this area are designed with Western languages in mind and thus they do account for a lot of the linguistic phenomena evident in African languages. It is, therefore, imperative that we investigate other languages, especially African ones, with a view to accumulating relevant data and subsequently developing relevant theories.
There is a paucity of well-trained grammarians and linguists in the market and our graduates would be employed as consultants in language matters, curriculum developers, material developers, policy makers, teachers, tutors, lecturers, researchers, lexicographers, translators and media personnel among others.

Objectives

  1. To train experts in grammar and all areas of linguistics
  2. To research on African languages and others
  3. To create a data bank of African linguistic phenomena in all components of language

Admission Requirements

  1. The common regulations for all doctorate degrees of Kenyatta University shall apply.
  2. The common regulations of the Department of English and Linguistics shall apply.
  3. Those eligible for registration for Doctor of Philosophy in English and Linguistics shall be holders of a Master's degree in English and /or linguistics or equivalent qualifications from any other University recognized by the senate of Kenyatta University.

Duration and Pattern of the Programme
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in linguistics should take a duration of three years. It shall take the form of Research and Thesis.

Certification
Upon fulfilling all the requirements, candidates shall be awarded a PhD in linguistics of Kenyatta University.

 

 

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Dr. Purity. M. Nthiga
Chairperson
Department of English & Linguistics