Languages & Communication


Stella Muchemwa

M.Ed English Language & Literature, B.Ed English


  • Tendai Chikara – MA, PGDMSS, BA Hons
  • Sihle Nyathi – MA, BSc Hons
  • Nhlanhla Mpofu PhD, M.Ed, BA
  • Shamoli Baidya – MA, BLA 
  • John Mpofu – M.Ed, BA, Grad.C.E
  • Thembinkosi Sibanda –  M.Ed, B.Ed
  • Ruth Ncube – M.Ed, B.Ed
  • Farai Hokoma – M.Ed, B.Ed

The department of Languages and Communication exists to prepare young men and women to become communication specialists, journalists, public relations officers, linguists, educators, writers and social commentators with an emphasis on Christian values.

The Bible verse that says “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver”, shows the value of apt communication of things that happen around us. Communication enables effective functioning in media, business, government, religion and education sectors. It helps integrate individuals into the society.
The study of literature of diverse cultures enhances critical thinking and leads to production of literary works of high quality. It is language that has a deposit of our way of life and transmits it to the future generations. The systematic study of language enhances in individuals the power of language. Thus, the study of language, literature and communication is indispensable for any society.

  1. This department has the following objectives:
    • Provide awareness  that languages and communication is a gift from God for human
    • Equip students with analytical and writing skills to contribute to the sectors of the society that require these
    • Develop skills for effective spoken and written
    • Use discretion with regards to appropriate message and medium depending on the
    • Provide awareness  of the power of language
    • Motivate them to acquire necessary skills to use that power to contribute effectively to the


Admission to the baccalaureate degree programme is on the basis of eligibility for general admission status to Zimbabwean universities. The department of Language and Communication requires the following:

  1. General degree

To be eligible for admission, a candidate is expected to have

  • 5 O’ levels including English Language.
  • 2 points at A’ Level
  1. Honours

To be eligible for admission, a candidate is expected to have

  • 5 O’ levels including English Language.
  • 4 points at A’ Level with at least one English subject

For students coming from countries where ‘A’ Levels are not offered, one will be considered for admission if they qualify for entry into university in their home countries. However, if admitted, the students must spend the first year in the Pre-University programme.


The Bachelor of Arts (English and Communication) is a three and a half year programme, while the Honours programmes are completed in four years. Students choose to major in either Literature or Linguistics for their Honours component. The decision on which component a student will graduate with or the Honours will be determined by the department basing on performance during the first, second and third year. The Certificate programme duration is two semesters.

Programmes Offered

Degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts – English & Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts – Honours in English Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts – Honours in Literature


  • Minor – English
  • Minor – Communication

Certificate Programmes:

  • Certificate – English as a Foreign Language



COMM 336-Intercultural Communication (2 Credits)
This course explore how culture shapes language, thought and behaviour. It examines concepts and terms essential to understand other cultures and stresses the variety of customs throughout the world and the universality of human needs and aspirations. Applications to interpersonal communication among other cultural groups will be explored.
ENGL 105-Modern Linguistics (3 Credits)
The course is part of the programme designed to enhance apt communication. It is an introduction to the scientific study of language – covering the nature of human language, grammatical, (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) social, and biological aspects of language.
ENGL 107-Ideologies & Concepts of African Literature (3 Credits)
The course is a study of the theories and concepts tof African literature from ideological and oral cultural perspectives. As such, students are expected to read and analyze works (essays, fiction and other African literary genres) for cultural and ideological arguments. Further, it examines how traditional African culture manifests itself in African literature.
ENGL 108-Theories of Criticism (3 Credits)
Covers the functions of language and manifested in literature – a selection of texts is made to demonstrate this. As a higher order course, it draws upon several disciplines: linguistics literary criticism, literary history, theories of literature, sociology and psychology among others.
ENGL 114-Practical Criticism (3 Credits)
This course equips students with essential techniques in analyzing literary forms and genres. In order to diversify the study of each genre, texts read in class will cover a wide range of African, English, Northern American, European, and Oriental.
ENGL 115-Creative Writing (3 Credits)
This course equips students with essential techniques in analyzing literary forms and genres. In order to diversify the study of each genre, texts read in class will cover a wide range of African, English, Northern American, European, and Oriental.
ENGL 211-Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)
The course introduces the students to the dynamic relationship between language and society (social class, gender, context, geography and ethnic group). The focus is on multilingualism, language planning, dialects, phonological, lexical and syntactic differences.
ENGL 212-Theories of Criticism (3 Credits)
Covers the functions of language as manifested in literature – a selection of texts is made to demonstrate this. As a higher order course, it draws upon several disciplines: linguistics literary criticism, literary history, theories of literature, sociology and psychology among others.
ENGL 214-African-American and Caribbean Literature (3 Credits)
The course encompasses the ante through the post-bellum, the Depression and later years. Representative works in prose, drama and verse are studied for a broader African American view of life in the New World.
ENGl 230-Phonetics and Phonology (3 Credits)
Focuses on the phonological theory to discuss the system of sounds in a language. It makes application of phonetics to the process of acquiring and teaching of proper pronunciation as a prerequisite study to phonology and includes phonological rules and exercises in phonetic transcription.
ENGL 235-English Literature (3 Credits)
To introduce students to the study of literature with a selection of prose, poetry and drama. In their exploration of these texts, students will demonstrate their understanding of how language functions in literary texts, identify key literary terms and explore themes and issues.
ENGL 302-Gender Issues in Language & Literature (2 Credits)
The students are required to study the distinction between genders as a grammatically and culturally constructed category. The topics included are: gender and sex, indexing gender, gender marked communication styles, the notion gynolect, gender bias in language, language and gender in the classroom, and new perspectives in language and gender study. It also includes the practical examination of texts for gender marking.
ENGL 303-African Novel & Verse (3 Credits)
Focuses on the African novel and verse. Each genre is discussed as full-fledged constructions, and features of each are highlighted. The course examines the source of the inspiration of the author vis-à-vis popular lore, custom and pertinent issues in the changing world. The sociological setting, technique of writing and what it achieves are given equal weighting in the analyses.
ENGL 303-Drama Theory & Practicum (3 Credits)
Key to this course is the production of plays and students are equipped with acting skills. Various forms of staging from skits to opera and other musicals are watched and discussed. Drama is presented as a critique of human experience and choice of plays varies.
ENGL 305-Morphology & Syntax (3 Credits)
Focuses on morphological theory based on morphophonemic changes, concepts of morph, morpheme and allomorph and its role in language development. The syntax part focuses on Transformational Grammar and Government Binding theories on sentence formation and meaning.
ENGL 310-Shakespeare (3 Credits)
An analysis of the plays and background information showing their proper perspective in relation to the history of the times when they were written, and in relation to techniques required for the successful performances. It is also an opportunity to study Shakespeare’s major work in depth in its relation to man and his Elizabethan world. It includes the study of the authors’ life and the material on the Elizabethan stage, actors and audiences.
ENGL 318-Literature of the Bible (3 Credits)
This course gives a new perspective to reading the Bible in any language. Bible writings are viewed from the literary standpoint as creation accounts, epics, hymns, poems, wisdom literature, letters, pastorals and drama. The unique literary forms of the Hebrew work are explained: the gospel, prophecies and the apocalypse; and study is made of the distinct Hebrew literary poetic device of parallelism.
ENGL 325-Applied Linguistics (3 Credits)
A study of cohesion in English, this course deals with the ‘hanging together of discourse’. It looks at the texture and how cohesive devices manifest this. Looks at the methods of texts and discourse analysis, and involves questions of style, appropriate cohesiveness, rhetorical force, topic, sub-topic, structure, and the differences between spoken and written discourse.
ENGL 394-Research Methods (3 Credits)
This module is tailor made for the student in the Languages and Communication Department and will address particularly those skills that the student will require for their dissertation and in the world of work. Components that will be taught here include information gathering techniques, the application of theory as well as the compilation/synthesis of such information.
JOUR 251-Journalism I (3 Credits)
The course introduces students to the art of journalism, duties and responsibilities of journalists, career aspects, normative theories of mass communication, interviewing skills, writing and reporting. It also includes writing articles for magazines.
JOUR 252-Journalism II (3 Credits)
An exploration of the principles of news writing, caption and headline writing, photo-editing, info-graphics, ethical concerns and copy editing. It also includes design and layout of newspapers, using appropriate computer software.
Laboratory periods are required for this course.
JOUR 260-Public Relations (3 Credits)
The course focuses on ‘two-way communication’, public opinions, attitudes, the process of public relation and the principles of the production of news releases and other PR tools. Emphasis is given to techniques in news publicity, media publicity, media relations and contemporary trends in PR.
JOUR 307-Mass Media & Society (3 Credits)
The focus of this course is on the relationship between mass media and society. The emphasis is on the media coverage of issues relating to women, environment, consumerism, ethics and human rights. It includes application of development communication, media’s role in presenting contemporary issues and media’s potential to improve social situations.
JOUR 330-Writing for Radio & Television (3 Credits)
This course is a venture into the area of writing scripts for radio and television. It discusses the technical rules, format and guidelines for some of the broadcasts which include documentaries, features plays and children’s programmes.
ATWE 400-Attachment: Work Experience (3 Credits)
This course is designed to give students practical experience in the work field. At the end of this experience students are required to submit a Student Report and a Supervisor Report. In some special cases, international students may be able to do this course in their respective country, provided prior arrangements are made with the Department Chair.


ENGL 401 - Phonological Theory (3 Credits)
The course delves into the theories of Phonology and will require an understanding of what Phonetics and Phonology entail. The course will thus re-orient students on material learnt in ENGL 230 (Phonetics and Phonology). Theories such as Optimality theory, C.V Phonology and Autosegmental and Metrical phonology alongside the traditional theories will be taught to students so that they get a deeper appreciation of what Phonology is all about.
ENGL 402 - Morphological Theory (3 Credits)
This is a course aimed at creating a deeper awareness into issues relating to the morphology of the world’s languages. Particular emphasis will however be on the morphology of English. Students should develop a critical understanding of how words come to be and the theoretical aspects in the formulation of these. Contemporary thoughts such as those of Aranoff will be taught on the course while traditional grammarians’ perspectives will also be considered.
ENGL 403 - Syntax & Semantics Theory (3 Credits)
A course on the theories of Syntax and Semantics of the world’s languages. This course will ask how sentences come to be. Students will be introduced to the Transformational and Generative Grammarians’s perspectives on both Syntax and Semantics. Leading voices such as Noam Chomsky (Syntactic Structures, 1957), Linda Thomas (Beginning Syntax, 2000) and others will provide the critical perspectives in the course. Theories such as X Bar and the Minimalist Program (Syntax) and the Gricean Program (Semantics) will be considered along the intersection between syntax and semantics.
ENGL 404 - Advanced Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)
The course seeks to create a deeper understanding of how language operates in context. Theory like Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics informs the course while the technical aspects within sociolinguistics are emphasised. Students should be able to understand how society affects language while language also affects society. This will foster critical analytical skills in the student whenever they engage with discourses at different levels and prepare them for work in critical national and international areas delving into Language Policy and Planning.
ENGL 454 - Pragmatics(3 Credits)
The course introduces students to extrasemantic meaning, focusing on the role of context in utterance production and interpretation. Topics include the semantics-pragmatics boundary, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, reference and information structure.
ENGL 495 - Dissertation (3 Credits)
The course provides students with literary techniques that are used when analyzing different literal genres, for instance, poetry, short stories, novels, drama etc. Poetic devices and other tools for analysis are also studied.


ENGL 420 - World Literature (3 Credits)
World Literature compares and contrasts international texts and cultures, and broadens the scope to include non-Western literary sources, such as Asian, African, Arabic and Latin American texts. This specifically includes: Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and Ancient and Imperial China, as well as works from English and American, Arabic, African, Asian, Latin American, and European literary traditions.
ENGL 424 - Feminist Literature (3 Credits)
The course introduces students to major theories, concepts, debates and fictional texts of feminist literary studies. Selected feminist writings on literature that seeks to provide an overview of theoretical approaches that have historically shaped the way people interpret literature in relation to gender are used for the course.
ENGL 436 - Literary Analysis (3 Credits)
The course provides students with literary techniques that are used when analyzing different literal genres, for instance, poetry, short stories, novels, drama etc. Poetic devices and other tools for analysis are also studied.
ENGL 442 - Post-Colonial Literature (3 Credits)
Interests and expertise in this course ranges across the literatures of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and include diasporic writing and black British writing.
ENGL 460 - Major English Writers (3 Credits)
The course provides students with the opportunity to study a range of English literature – from Chaucer, through Shakespeare and the Victorian novel, to contemporary British, American and global literatures. The course focuses on questions of culture and identity, giving students the chance to pursue creative projects in art, film, creative writing and digital media.
ENGL 495 - Dissertation (3 Credits)
The course builds from ENGL 394 that deals with topic approval and proposal writing. This course therefore focuses on the writing of the entire Dissertation in the area of specialization.


ENGL 001 - Beginner English I (3 Credits)
Develop basic communication skills in listening and speaking (pronunciation). The themes include natural environment, money, animals and housework.
ENGL 002 - Beginner English II (3 Credits)
Develop basic communication skills in reading and writing. The themes include work, good food, travel, good health and the future.
ENGL 003 - Lower Intermediate English I (3 Credits)
Demonstrate control over basic oral vocabulary and texts and be able to interpret them. The themes include advertising, travel, fraud, insects and language.
ENGL 004 - Lower Intermediate English II (3 Credits)
Read and understand the range of written texts with increased attention to context, purpose and audience. The themes include education, AIDS, cars, fashion, and marriage.
ENGL 005 - Language Laboratory I (2 Credits)
Attend five hours a week in the laboratory for practice sessions and for completing assigned tasks.
ENGL 006 - Intermediate English I (3 Credits)
Converse on a range of familiar topics, including themes of some non-literal expressions. Themes include truth, media, crime, medicine and natural disasters.
ENGL 007 - Intermediate English II (3 Credits)
Evaluate texts using abstract reasoning. Write complex texts in a consistent personal style. Themes include philanthropy, space, immigration and technology.
ENGL 008 - Upper Intermediate English (3 Credits)
Advanced conversational skills, reading and writing skills that indicates proficiency in the English Language. The themes include personality, our environment, cross-cultural insights and religion.
ENGL 009 - Advanced English (3 Credits)
Provides extensive language and skills development through planning, writing and editing to improve students’ range and expression. The themes include business, pollution, military, opinions and surroundings.
ENGL 010 - Language Laboratory II (2 Credits)
Attend five hours a week in the laboratory for practice sessions and for completing assigned tasks.


Behaviour Development

CONV 111-412: CONVOCATION (0 Credits)
ORIE 100: ORIENTATION (0 Credits)
WOED 121-122: WORK EDUCATION (0 Credits)
Health and Physical Education

PHED 116: Physical Education (2 Credits)
HLED 115: Healthier Living (2 Credits)

MATH 159: General Algebra (3 Credits)
STAT 160: Basic Statistics (2 Credits)
Languages Communication

COMM 102: Communication Skills and Academic Writing (3 Credits)
Natural & Social Sciences

BIOL 389: Philosophical Biology (2 Credits)
HIST 276: Selected Themes in Zimbabwean History (2 Credits)

INSY 100: Computers & Data Processing(3 Credits)
Ethics and Philosophy

RELT 105: Christian Beliefs (3 Credits)
RELB 180: Studies in the Gospels (3 Credits)
RELH 360: Seventh-day Adventist Heritage (2 Credits)
RELT 215: Philosophy of Christian Education (2 Credits)
RELT 215: Philosophy of Christian Education (2 Credits)
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