Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Linguistics (BA ELL)
This programme is offered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) under the department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LLS). The programme seeks to cater for developing career competences in a wide range of specialties such as a professional language teacher, translator, or text editor. It intends to provide a unique opportunity to students to develop their career in the area of English language and Linguistics. It guarantees that students completing this programme would develop adequate competences which will enable them develop future career in English language and linguistics, communicate fully in written and spoken discourses and analyze, describe and interpret linguistic data.
The Course duration will be for the maximum of eight years. Completion of the study will depend on individual study efforts but the minimum period a candidate is allowed is three years. All candidates are required to take at least 36 OUT units which is equivalent to 360 TCU credits. The program was launched under the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies in the academic year 2015/2016.
The programme comprises of courses of three levels: Level I comprises of 100 series courses. The candidate shall study all core courses and one level I elective, making a total of 12 units which is equivalent to 120 TCU units while level II comprises of 200 series courses. The candidate shall study all core courses and one elective, making a total of 12 units which is equivalent to 120 TCU units. Finally, level III comprises of 300 series courses. The candidate study all core courses and two electives, making a total of 12 units which is equivalent to 120 TCU units.
All courses are taught by the department’s staff members except OFC 017/OFP 040: Communication Skills which are taught under the Institute of Continuing Education ( ICE). Again, some courses in this department are opted for by students from the Department of Education as their teaching subjects.
Course Name: BA English and Linguistics
Course Initials: BA ELL
Total Units: Minimum 36, Maximum 42
Mode of Deliverence: Blended
The entry qualifications to this programme of the Open University of Tanzania [OUT] are:
- Two principal passes with a total of 4 points in arts subjects, one of which must be English language subject.
- Recognition of Prior Learning Qualification which is B+ grade (where A =75-100, B+ = 65-74, B=50-64, C =40-49, D = 35-39, F = 0-38).
- C) Foundation Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated from the six subjects taught in the programme.
- d) At least four O’-Level passes (Ds and above) or NVA Level III with less than four O’Level passes or equivalent foreign qualifications as established by either NECTA or VETA.
Ordinary Diploma (NTA Level 6) in education, languages, journalism, mass communication, public relations, communication skills, law and tourism with a GPA of 3.
- e) At least four O’-Level passes (Ds and above) or NVA Level III with less than four O’ Level passes or equivalent foreign qualifications as established by either NECTA or VETA.
Ordinary Diploma in education, languages, tourism, journalism, mass communication, public relations, law and communication skills, with average of B.
Payments are done per unit where as one unit costs 60,000. In addition to tuition fee, students will be required to pay other charges like examination fees, essential reference books, stationeries and other related costs for research projects.
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A bachelor degree in English language and linguistics prepares students into skilled, knowledgeable and competent in a number of issues ranging from language study/analysis, language research and communication in general. Specifically, students are expected to be knowledgeable in describing the nature, structure, and use of language and develop an understanding of the basic components of linguistic knowledge, surveying the meaning of linguistic science, with special attention to descriptive and applied linguistics, showing the relationship between linguistic data and language learning and teaching theories and models, understanding the effects of social factors on language, explaining ways in which languages change and describe sound systems of languages and underlying representation of the sound structure and lexicon.
On the other hand, students are expected to be skilled in: analyzing the nature, structure, and use of language, evaluating the basic components of linguistic knowledge, comparing the sound systems of different languages and exploring language universals, analyzing linguistic discourse or related topics at an advanced level, relating linguistic data and language learning and teaching theories and models, to analyzing the characteristics of sounds, words, and sentence structures of individual languages and finally criticize approaches of explaining language change.
As part of competence, students are expected to: to communicate in writing matters pertaining to the nature, structure, and use of language, use various connective devices in writing and speaking present information, knowledge and argument coherently, use, present and evaluate linguistic information provided in numerical or statistical form and finally search for information using electronic information retrieval systems
The distribution of marks for each course is 30% for Main Timed Test (MTT) and 70% for Annual Examination (AE). At the end of each academic year, a student failing a course or more than one course is allowed to take a supplementary examination in the failed subject(s).
If the student fails again after doing supplementary examinations is given a chance to repeat the course.
A pass in supplementary and repeat examination is recorded as ‘C’ whatever the marks scored by the candidate.