In a country with many languages and diverse cultures, a language is used above every other language, as an official language and the language of instructions. In Nigeria where English is the official language and the language of instruction, a high level of proficiency is required from the graduates of Nigerian universities. A higher level of competence and communicative skills is expected even more from graduates of English Language and Literature. Therefore, there is the need to devote greater attention to the achievement of improved knowledge of English and the acquisition of adequate oral and written skills in it. Graduates of this programme 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 language and literature.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
The department aims at promoting peaceful co-existence in our multilingual society by raising graduates who will solve the problem of conflicts through effective communication. The department shall nurture students in academic instructions that will equip them with the needed language skills with the following objectives:
- To train students to acquire adequate communicative competence in both the spoken and written varieties of the English language, by equipping them with adequate linguistic knowledge of the Language through a detailed study of its sound system, lexicon, syntax, semantics and usage
- 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 orient students towards self-employment by a focus on skills such as writing (e.g. of articles in magazines, of speeches; designing and presenting special programs on radio or TV, designing and publishing magazines, etc.), creative writing, and other kinds of original output through independent thought, inventiveness and creativity.
- To impart a humanistic perspective to students by acquainting them with literature as an exploration of human experience and as an expression of great ideas and aspirations.
- To train students to relate literary works and experiences to their social environment
- To stimulate in the students the aptitude for creativity, especially creative writing and innovation in the exploration of investment.
Prospective students may be admitted into the department through one of the following:
(i) UTME: A minimum of Five (5) credit level passes in the SSCE/NECO/GCE (O’ Levels) examinations in relevant subjects including English Language and Literature in English with a pass in Mathematics in not more than two sittings is required for admission into the 4 – year (8 Semester) programme in addition to relevant subjects combination (English, Literature in English and any two other Arts or Social Science subject) in UME.
(ii) Direct Entry: Diploma with a minimum of Lower credit in English Language, or Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with a major in English Language and a minimum grade C, or a minimum of 2 GCE/JUPEB Advanced Level passes in Arts subjects one of which must be English Language and O’Level requirement of credit pass in English Language and Literature in English with a pass in Mathematics for the 3-year (6 consecutively-run Semester) programme.